A common theme at Thursday’s Women’s Equality Day luncheon was the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM programs need women in leadership roles, the event’s keynote speaker said.
“We must take more initiative to encourage these young women into these careers. They are going to drive the innovation of the future,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
Nearly 300 Wabash Valley community members gathered at the Forsythe Program Center in Terre Haute. The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana hosted the 11th annual event celebrating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the constitution, giving women the right to vote.
Dottie King, president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, introduced Ellspermann. Both are former Girl Scout Leaders of America.
King said that we have come a long way and we still have a long ways to go, in terms of equality.
“To look back and realize that 50 years ago we had the march on Washington and African Americans couldn’t vote and a hundred years ago women were earning their right to vote,” King said
Ellspermann also said that though there is still work to be done for equality, women of this generation have more opportunities than women in previous generations.
“I really believe that women of this generation are the most blessed,” Ellspermann said.