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2002 News from Mecklenburg County
August 7, 2002



Charlotte, NC – On August 26, 1920, women in the United States gained the right to vote with the 19 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  On August 26, 2002, the Women's Commission Advisory Board of Mecklenburg County will host a reception in recognition of Women's Equality Day

The outdoor reception will be from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the clock tower of the Hilton Charlotte and Towers, 222 East Third Street, Charlotte.  Tickets are $15 per person.  To buy a ticket, call the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission at 704-336-3210.  The deadline to purchase tickets is August 20. 

Women’s Equality Day was formally established in 1971 to commemorate the 19 th Amendment.  This year's reception will honor Liz Hair, former Mecklenburg County Commission chair and former chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.  Hair is a founder of the Women's Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and played the key role in the creation of the Women’s Commission. 

Originally named the Commission on the Status of Women, the organization grew out of a proposal from the Charlotte Women's Political Caucus with the support and endorsement of numerous other local women's organizations.  In 1974, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners established a community advisory board to provide information and to make recommendations on the status of women in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. 

In 1979, it was renamed the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission with a direct focus on employment, training, domestic violence victim services, and advocacy. The Women’s Commission is located at 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC  29202.  For more information, call 704-336-3210 or check the Web site

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