Freeda Cathcart, Anne Holton and Bettina Altizer
Women and men, who care about women, packed a room at the Holiday Inn at Tanglewood today to hear Freeda Cathcart, former candidate for the House of Delegates, presentation on the progress women have made and the work that still needs to be done. Cathcart spoke about how women have become leaders in our society and acknowledged the women leaders in the room: Anita Price (Roanoke City Councilwoman), Naomi Bolden (Vice-President in her Union CWA Local 2204), Brenda Hale (President of the Roanoke Chapter of the NAACP), Elaine Head (Co-President of the Montgomery Chapter of the League of Women Voters), and Bettina Altizer, Esq. (World Champion Power Lifter).
Special guest speaker Anne Holton encouraged the audience to remember the work the suffragettes did so that women could be able to vote. Holton spoke about how the HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels portrayed the struggles that women had to overcome in order to be able to vote. She also spoke about how she and her husband, Gov. Tim Kaine, worked together to manage their work and family schedules when she became a judge and he became the mayor of Richmond.
Holton highlighted Kaine’s strong support of important measures that increase economic opportunity for women, and the right of women to make their own health care decisions. Kaine has consistently supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Paycheck Fairness Act. As governor, Kaine increased government contracts with small, women, and minority-owned businesses, created the Virginia Sexual Violence Commission, and, on his first day in office, signed an executive order banning gender discrimination against state workers.
“Tim understands what’s at stake this election for women and families,” said Holton. “We’ve seen too many attempts by some to prevent equal pay for equal work and to come between a woman and her doctor. Tim knows that these so-called women’s issues aren’t so-called ‘social issues,’ they’re economic issues and they’re family issues.”
State Senator John Edwards spoke about the recent legislation in the General Assembly that is compromising women’s rights like the Personhood Amendment. Edwards reported that the Virginia Senate had passed the Equal Rights Amendment but that the House of Delegates hadn’t passed it. Edwards spoke about the positive legislation (Dense Breast Tissue bill) that Cathcart had brought to his attention to introduce into the General Assembly. Edwards acknowledged the research and work that his assistant, Alison Baird, and Freeda Cathcart did so that the bill would be successful. The bill passed the General Assembly and was signed into law.
Cathcart concluded the event by telling the story of her great-grandmother who was a suffragette and volunteered with the League of Women Voters. Cathcart asked people to make donations to support the creation of a Roanoke Valley Chapter for League of Women Voters in honor of her great-grandmother Ann Sloan Cathcart. Cathcart thanked the Holiday Inn at Tanglewood for hosting the event, the guest speakers and all the people who volunteered to make the event a success.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2012, Elections, Local Events, National, Politics
Tags: Election 2012, Elections, Tim_Kaine