Women’s history program discusses “breaking barriers”
“You’ve Come A Long Way.?!: Phenomenal Women Speak” will be the theme for the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center’s Women’s History Month program, Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. Noted author, Haywood County native and cultural historian, Cynthia Bond Hopson, will speak and facilitate a panel of local trailblazers and leaders.
Panelists will include disaster specialist and former news editor Christy T. Smith, Brownsville’s first female mayor, Jo Matherne, community organizer and activists Alma Jean Carney, Martha Cardenas, Alvis M. Bond, and Hayden McWilliams Hooper, school administrators Doris Battle and Dorothy Mann Bond, State of Tennessee administrative liaison Tracy Jones Taylor and Heritage Center director Sonia Outlaw Clark.
“This session might easily be called “breaking barriers” because these amazing and phenomenal women have literally made the way by walking it. They opened doors and made tremendous progress often in the face of great change and societal boundaries,” said Bond Hopson, whose books on Haywood County include The Women of Haywood: Their Lives, Our Legacy, Wiggle Tales and Times of Challenge and Controversy. “These women will share their unique insights to help us see the critical intersections that informed, inspired and sustained them as they made their way in the world.”
Leading sociologist and Lipscomb University Dean Dr. Norma J. Burgess, puts it this way in The Women of Haywood:
“The women of our community hold a mighty and powerful history … and at this stage in our lives, we take the opportunity to look back in reflection, wonder, appreciation and gratefulness.”
The theme, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby,” is taken from the 60s-era slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes which showed the changing roles and interests of women. The program will conclude with questions from the audience and Bond Hopson will sign copies of her books.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is located at 121 Sunny Hill Cove in Brownsville, Tenn. This is a free event. For more information about the program, call the Center at 731-779-9000 or email [email protected]