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10/08/2023 6:39 PM | Anonymous

From the League of Women Voters Appleton September 2023 newsletter: Think of it: not one, not two, but five groups of women working together on women’s equality! It is happening. If you strolled by the Farmer’s Market in Appleton on Saturday, August 26, 2023 you likely would have seen the result. On that day, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Women’s Equality Day and the 103rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Women’s Ac on Coalition (WAC) announced its presence by celebrating women and girls at the market. WAC had a booth with information about the collective, circulated a petition to pass the long proposed ERA (we gathered 115 signatures!), and had a photo booth. A photo booth, you ask? Yep, an opportunity for women and girls or others to let us know what women’s equality means to them and to have a Polaroid picture taken. The card with the quote and picture was scanned and then the original given back to the person. We also hung large posters of nine women and girls previously photographed by Graham Images and interviewed by WAC members. A final part of the project will be a public presentation of the photos and quotes. Many, many thanks to those individual donors who contributed, especially to the Derocher Family Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. As lead sponsor this fund provided critical support to the success of our project. Remember our mantra — the more we collaborate the greater the impact! Members from all five organizations involved in the WAC participated in this project: the League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Midday Women’s Alliance, Northeast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region. In addition, we worked closely with Appleton Downtown, Inc. (arranged for our use of Houdini Plaza), Graham Images (Graham Washakta took the nine formal portraits at two different Farmers Markets), and PhotoOpp, a new nonprofit for professional, amateur and student photographers (it ran the photo booth, took the Polaroids and scanned the photos and quotes). WAC is built on the alliance originally created for the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. Seventeen women, representing all five groups, spent last year redefining the vision and structure of the coalition to further work on important issues affecting women. We finished this planning earlier this spring. WAC will annually rotate leadership among the five organizations. This year the Women’s Fund is providing the leadership. Look for another event this winter

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