Women Making History – Past and Present

On Tuesday Evening, March 18, 2014. in the Tyler Public Library auditorium, the Tyler Together Race Relations Forum and the Tyler Public Library hosted the monthly Cultural Diversity Gathering.

photo 1Smith County Women Voting Rights

Dressed in period costume, Ms. Vicki Betts, professional librarian at the Muntz Library, UT-Tyler, presented a power point of images she calls “Smith County Suffragettes” telling a story of Smith Co. Texas women who helped achieve passage of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

Women Rights Making Progress In Pakistan

Cultural Diversity Gathering Photo 2Fast-forwarding to today, visitors were honored with presentation by  Mrs. Veeda Javaid of Pakistan, a wonderful personal example of how women around the world make history today.

Mrs. Javaid, hosted by Tyler’s First Presbyterian Church, related some of her life story and work, including an initiative called “Struggle-Hope-Empowerment” (S-H-E), a program she supervises that has grown from helping abused women and children, to including literacy, shelter, and vocational training in 15 villages in Pakistan. “S-H-E” involves both Muslim and Christian leaders.

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Women In Tyler

Bringing it home to Tyler, the program concluded with remarks from Judge Judith Guthrie, about the “Women in Tyler” group she helped found 15 years ago, to celebrate Women’s History Month and honor women who have contributed to the quality of life in East Texas.

Their annual luncheon is on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Rose Garden Center.

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