Oklahoma leaders say women still face obstacles

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 23, 2009
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Women’s equality has come a long way, but some Oklahoma women in business and politics say strides still need to be made.

The 89th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, is Wednesday.

Some of Oklahoma’s leading women will reflect on their personal journeys and on those of the next generation of women at Monday’s YWCA Women’s Equality Day Celebration downtown.

Featured panelists include Lt. Gov. Jari Askins; Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick; Claudia San Pedro, treasurer and vice president of investor relations at Sonic Corporation; and Jill Irvine, director of women’s and gender studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The Women’s Equality Day Celebration is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

Questions from the audience will round out the hourlong panel discussion. The reception and community fair of local women’s organizations, clubs and businesses will follow.

The panel of local women leaders will discuss the status of the women’s movement here and address issues such as balancing work and family, discrimination in the work force and how women can support each other.


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