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International Women's Day nominations
 
  January 3, 2006
CONTACT:
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, jloveless@csub.edu

Nominations are being accepted for honorees at the annual International Women’s Day celebration on Wednesday, March 8, in the Petroleum Club.

Foreign-born women who have made significant contributions to the region will be honored in the following categories: arts/entertainment, business/finance, community service, education, health services, law/government, and sciences. Cathy Trevino, nominations chair for International Women’s Day in Bakersfield, said people should consider nominating one or more foreign-born women in one or more of the recognized categories. “The ideal nominee makes important contributions within her profession, but also is service-oriented and has stepped forward to contribute to the community at large,” she said. “With some thought, most of us realize we do know at least one woman who fits the description. So this is an opportunity for people to put her in the spotlight.”

Deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 31, so that the evaluation panel will have time to review them carefully, Trevino said.

Nomination forms are available through the League of Women Voters, or by e-mailing Trevino at catalina47@bak.rr.com and include the subject line, International Women's Day.

Nominations should include the person’s name and country or origin, the category or categories in which the person is being nominated, a statement explaining why the candidate has been nominated, a biography of the candidate, not to exceed 250 words, and supporting materials of the nominator’s choice, such as photographs, newspaper clippings, photocopies of awards, letters of commendation and videotapes.

Nominations should be submitted to:
Cathy Trevino, Nominations Chair
International Women’s Day
c/o League of Women Voters
PO Box 132
Bakersfield 93302

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history. It is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing.

The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the previous century, a period of industrialization, turbulence, booming population growth, urban poverty, and humanist cries of hope and protest. Like many things, it started in America.

On March 8, 1857, women from New York City’s clothing and textile factories protested poor working conditions and low wages and were dispersed by police. More protests followed on March 8 in subsequent years, most notably in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better work conditions and voting rights.

The first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States in 1909. International Women's Day was established in 1910 to advocate universal suffrage and other rights. The following year, more than 1 million people participated in International Women’s Day celebrations in several European countries. A few days later, the Triangle Factory Fire in a New York City tenement factory killed more than 140 garment workers. The juxtaposition of these two events gave impetus to New York’s progressive movement that later was carried to the White House by first Theodore then Franklin Roosevelt. In the West, International Women's Day was prominently celebrated through the 1920’s, after which attention diminished until the 1960’s. In 1975, the United Nations began sponsoring International Women's Day.

Increasingly over the years, International Women's Day has assumed a global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. March 8 is a national holiday in many countries.

Bakersfield began celebrating International Women’s Day in 2002, thanks to a collaborative effort by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women. Each community celebrates International Women’s Day in its own way. Bakersfield celebrates it by simultaneously reflecting on the global and community dimensions by honoring the contributions of local women who are foreign-born. This serves two purposes:

  • It raises public awareness and recognition of the immense contributions of the immigrant population.
  • It inspires others through powerful examples to do their part to make Kern County an even better place to live.

The most competitive nominees have served the community at-large in addition to making significant contributions within their professional field.

A consortium of representatives from California State University, Bakersfield, the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, African-American Network, Kern Community College District, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Korean-American Association of Bakersfield, Latina Leaders of Kern, Muslim Public Affairs Council, National Council of Negro Women, and the Southeast Asian Community is planning the event.

For more information or help with preparing supporting materials, please call Cathy Trevino at (661) 836-6203.

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