Wednesday, Feb 11 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CROWNE PLAZA TAMPA WESTSHORE
5303 W. Kennedy Blvd | Tampa
The first annual Helen Gordon Davis Waves of Change Luncheon awarding Gloria Steinem as its first recipient of The Helen Gordon Davis Women’s Leadership Award. This luncheon provides a chance for women to network, develop relationships and discuss issues affecting women in business and their personal lives. The highlight of this event will be remarks by champion of women’s rights, the legendary Gloria Steinem, our featured speaker.
Helen Gordon Davis
When Helen Gordon Davis tells her own story, there’s no bragging, just the brass tacks of what it was really like to be one of the first women to be elected to the Florida legislature in the 1970s. It was literally the struggle to be heard: she famously stood on the floor of the Florida House for hours, defiantly holding the floor microphone aloft while she stood waiting to be recognized, utterly ignored by the presiding chair.
Helen discovered early that life is unpredictable. As a child, Helen’s family lost everything in the market crash of 1929 and her father died when she was nine. Helen watched her mother fight through the daily pain and humiliation of poverty, inequality, and lack of opportunity for women.
Helen Gordon Davis is proof positive that one person can make a difference in the lives of so many others.
Social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer Gloria Steinem has been an outspoken champion of women’s rights since the late 1960s.
Gloria Steinem became a freelance writer after college and grew increasingly engaged in the women’s movement. She helped create both New York and Ms. magazines, helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus, and is the author of many books and essays.
Ms. Steinem helped to found the Women’s Action Alliance, a pioneering national information center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, a group that continues to work to advance the numbers of pro-equality women in elected and appointed office at a national and state level. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national multi-racial, multi-issue fund that supports grassroots projects to empower women and girls, and also a founder of its Take Our Daughters to Work Day, a first national day devoted to girls that has now become an institution here and in other countries.Now, she is working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on a project to document the grassroots origins of the U.S. women’s movement.
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EMPOWERING WOMEN SPONSORS
Dr. Kathleen Heide
Mark and Lagretta Lenker
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