The event is on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 4pm to 6pm at Adena Mansion’s Visitors Center. Chillicothe resident, Dr. Jean Kerney, will be presented the Progressive Democrats of America National 2014 National Women’s History Month Women of Character, Courage & Commitment Award. Dr. Kerney was the first Black official in Chillicothe. She has made it her life’s work to make a difference for children and the disenfranchised. One of her proudest moments was getting legislation passed that resulted in the hiring of the first female and first Black firefighters in Chillicothe and resulted in increased minority applicants in all city departments.
Dr. Alice Paul, a well-known Suffragist leader who was at the forefront in attaining ratification of the 19th Amendment, frequently held strategy tea fundraisers to build support for the Suffragists' struggle for women to win the right to vote. Alice referred to her 20th Century Movement as the ‘Great Demand – Deeds Not Words’. Following Dr. Paul’s lead, the PDA ERA 3 State Strategy Team coined the 21st Century Movement the ‘Great Demand - Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment' to actively call attention to the urgent need to defend Voter Rights.
The Friends of Alice Paul Host Committees include the Clermont County Women’s Interest Group, Friends of Dr. Jean Kerney, the Ross County Democratic Party, Ronny Richards for Congress and Scott Wharton for Congress. Members will attend a private reception with Senator Turner, PDA Interim Director Andrea Miller, and Dr. Jean Kerney prior to the fundraising event.