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Event to honor women throughout area is Sunday

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By Amber Coulter

A yearly celebration of gender equality on Sunday will recognize two servicewomen among those honored.

It will be the first time in the four years that Women’s Equality Day has taken place that Fort Knox women have been recognized.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at All Nations Worship Ministries on Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff.

It is meant to recognize women who have made great strides and accomplishments in their careers and the community, said Gloria Fite, pastor of All Nations Worship Ministries and co-host of the event.

Fite said the event gives area residents a chance to show such women that their accomplishments are appreciated.

“We have so many women in our community who do great things throughout the year, and they’re never recognized,” she said.

Fite said organizers wanted to involve more community members and honor servicewomen for the first time during the event this year, which is themed “Deserving of Honor.”

The event will recognize Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson of Fort Knox; Sgt. Maj. Arlene Horne of Fort Knox; Radcliff City Councilwoman Barbara Baker and Women with a Purpose President and Democratic Women’s Club member Yvonne Grimes of Vine Grove.

The women each will receive a plaque and gift bag and their biographies will be read to demonstrate their accomplishments.

The women recognized also will have an opportunity to talk about their feats and the challenges they’ve had to overcome, Fite said.

“We hope that it will encourage young women and girls that there’s nothing they can’t do,” she said. “Shoot for the stars.”

This year’s guest speaker is Mildred Haygood, wife of the pastor at Hope Temple in Radcliff.

Haygood is a survivor of breast and throat cancer who has traveled the state teaching women about cancer and prevention.

Fite said she hopes young girls, homemakers, corporate leaders and women from every other walk of life feel empowered by the event.

“I hope they walk away feeling empowered and the women walk away feeling there’s nothing they can’t do,” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.