Fashion show commemorates women's suffrage

By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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It’s been 100 years since women were given the right to vote.
And members of the Women Democrat of Placer County have planned a celebration to commemorate this historic event.
“Our women’s club in Rocklin is planning one of the many celebrations surrounding the 100th Centennial celebration of a woman’s right to vote,” said President Angela Torrens.
Saturday’s event is one of many marking the centennial, which will culminate in a statewide celebration at the California State Capital on Oct. 10.
The fashion show, scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Placer County Association of Realtors Event Center in Rocklin, will feature clothing from Marilyn’s Fashionations in Auburn and Coldwater Creek in Roseville.
Highlight of the afternoon, Torrens noted, will be dramatizations of noted women in history as well as a California State Library pictorial presentation of suffragettes who blazed the way for women in America.
This is a non-partisan celebration, confirmed Past President Diana Madoshi.
“We’re very excited about this project,” she said.
The concept for this week’s celebration originated with the Women’s Equality parades in 2006. Women Democrat of Placer County founders Carol Norberg and Madoshi were inspired to organize the parades after viewing a Women’s History Month showing of “Iron Jawed Angels,”
Ironically, the regional chair of the Democratic Party initially refused to charter a club open only to women, Torrens continued.
Under the leadership of Carol Norberg, the founding members invited some men to join and the club received its charter on Feb. 20, 1992.
Initially, the club’s primary function was to raise funds in support of Democrats, who would represent Placer County.
One of its signature events has been the Eleanor Roosevelt luncheon. While the first luncheon served as a fundraiser for then state Assembly candidate Mark Norberg, the members also took the opportunity to educate guests about the work of Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 2001, the club presented its first Eleanor Roosevelt award to Carol Norberg. The annual award recognizes an individual whose community service work embodies the characteristics of the award’s namesake.
Over the years, the club has expanded its activities to host voter registration events, programs during Women’s History Month in March, donations to non-political entities and educational forums.
“I’m very proud to be part of this organization,” said Madoshi.
By addressing issues that impact women and children’s issues, Madoshi continued, the quality of life for all rises.
Know and Go
?Fashion show celebrating California Women Suffrage
When: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday
Where: PCAR Event Center, 4750 Grove St.
Tickets: $20; call 624-0370 or 408-5028