Progressive Democrats of America will kick off the push at 4 p.m. March 22 at the Adena Mansion & Gardens Visitors Center.
Dr. Jean Kerney, who was the first black elected official in Chillicothe, will receive an award for “character, courage and commitment” from the organization. Kerney will receive the honor for her work “to make a difference for children and the disenfranchised.”
While serving on the Chillicothe City Council, Kerney was instrumental in getting legislation passed to hire the first black female firefighter, which also resulted in more minority applicants in all city departments.
The event is a “high tea” meeting with the Friends of Alice Paul, a suffragist leader who was at the forefront of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S. Paul routinely held such meetings to build support for her cause.
The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and went to the state legislatures for ratification, but it failed to receive the requisite number of state ratifications — 38 — before the final deadline mandated by Congress of June 30, 1982, and was not adopted.
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