Putnam nominations needed for Women's History Month honorees

By Shannon Sneed / Staff

EATONTON -- Nominations are being sought for the 2017 National Women History Month celebration honoring Putnam County women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and paid labor force.

Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and under paid. Facing stark inequalities in the workplace (lower wages, poor working conditions and limited opportunities), many women have fought to make the workplace a less hostile environment for all, and have proved women could succeed in every field.

While each nominee is extraordinary, each is also ordinary in her own way; proving women business and labor leaders can and should be considered the norm.

In 1980, Molly MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett and Bette Morgan noticed women were absent from much of written history with no more than three percent of the content devoted to women and their accomplishments to society. Determined to give girls role models and recognize the feminine footprints paving the way for expansion, the group of women formed the National Women’s History Project.

The NWHP continued its undertaking by leading a coalition which successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History month, now celebrated across America.

Carrying forward their initial aspirations, the NWHP provides resources dedicated to teaching as many people as possible about women’s role in history.

Aware of Putnam County's rich history through her work at the Eatonton-Putnam County Library, in 2002 Marion Hill started a local campaign to commemorate the legacy of local women.

Fifteen years later, first honoree, Janie Reid, continues to celebrate other women in the community for their contributions to the advancement of Putnam County and elsewhere.

Recognizing honorees for their philanthropy, Reidand other pioneers, Hill and Alma Stokes, sponsor the Putnam County ceremony which includes refreshments and inspirational speakers.

Nominations are open to any woman who has made a positive, transformative impact and shaped the community locally, nationally or globally. She should serve as an inspiration and role model for women in the work force exhibiting the 2017 theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.”

Deadline for submitting nominations for consideration is Friday, Feb. 17. Send nominations to Janie B. Reid at janiereid2@gmail.com or Alma Stokes at almastokes@bellsouth.net. Self-nominations are acceptable as well as names of previous honorees.

Everyone in the community is invited to come out and attend the celebration, which is set for noon March 31 at the Putnam County Administration Building.

For information, call 706-816-6800.













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