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Women gained the right to vote 93 years ago next week. This weekend, a local church commemorates the anniversary by recognizing the achievements of local women, along with a nod to first lady Michelle Obama.
All Nations Worship Ministries hosts its annual Women’s Equality Day event at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church at 110 Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff. National Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26.
This is the seventh year for the event, originally suggested by former Radcliff City Councilwoman Jeannette Stephens. Stephens wanted a local celebration to supplement the national day, Assistant Pastor Gloria Fite said.
Women's Equality Day started by recognizing many firsts in the area, including the first female mayor of Radcliff, Sheila Enyart, and the first female officer in Radcliff Police Department, Elaine Leach.
This year’s honorees include Dr. Jessica Dowe for humanitarian work in third-world countries; Linda Funk, director of Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen; Janet Perkins, ReMax Business Woman of the Year; Dottye Moore for volunteer work with many Radcliff civic events; Jessie Lee for work with Rep. Jimmie Lee; Capt. Tawanda Ellis, Outstanding Military Leader of the Year; Minister Anna Randall for work in the community; and first lady Michelle Obama for work with military families and combating childhood obesity.
This is the largest group honored in the celebration’s history, Fite said. Such honors are important, she said, to highlight the strength of local women’s efforts.
“The ladies have really, really stepped up,” she said.
Honorees also will be recognized by Mayor J.J. Duvall on behalf of the city of Radcliff.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or email@example.com.