YWCA RI to hold annual Women Holding Office Celebration

Apr 23, 2014

The YWCA Rhode Island will hold the group’s 6th annual Women Holding Office Celebration on Monday April 28 at 6 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Rose Hidalgo, director of public policy for Casa de Esperanza in Washington, D.C.  The annual event celebrates the achievements of women in Rhode Island politics. This year, the premiere of a documentary about the first women elected mayors in the Ocean State will be presented.

The documentary, entitled `Women Holding Office: A Seat at the Table:’ will feature Kathryn O’Hare, former West Warwick mayor, former state Senate Minority Leader Lila Sapinsley of Providence, Marcia Cone, chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Prof. Maureen Moakley of North Kingstown, a political science professor at the University of Rhode Island and political analyst  for Rhode Island Public Radio, and Deborah Perry, president and CEO  of YWCA Rhode Island.

The Isaballe Ahearn O'Neill awards will be named and ther Rising Star awards will be presented to female members of the Central Falls City Council. O'Neill (1880 to1975) was a pioneer of women's rights in Rhode Island. She was elected to the RI House of Representatives in 1922 and servbed as both a state representative, and later, as a state senstor from Providence.

Arlene Violet, former RI attorney general, will be emcee for the evening. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-722-3010 or by going online at www.ywcari.org or emailing clara@ywcari.org.