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Women’s Equality Day Celebration to be Held at FAU

BOCA RATON, FL (August 18, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and other local organizations will hold a Women’s Equality Day Celebration to commemorate the 90th anniversary of women’s voting rights. The celebration will be held on Friday, August 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion of the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be a reception with elected officials at 9:30 a.m. and a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. The panel will include Rhonda Swan, reporter for the Palm Beach Post; Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections; The Honorable Annie Betancourt, former Florida state representative; and professors from the FAU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

The event is sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Compass; the Feminist Scholarship Fund; the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County; the Junior League of the Palm Beaches; the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County; the National Council of Jewish Women, Palm Beach Section; the National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida; Palm Beach County National Organization for Women; Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast; Tara Laxer Consulting; and the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in white and purple as did the suffragists. For more information about the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters or the master’s degree in women’s studies, email or call 561-297-3865.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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