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Women's History Month 2022

The Museum of the Apopkans celebrates Women's History Month with Girl Power, Promoting Hope! event

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"Every March, Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people."

A Proclamation from the White House on Women’s History Month, 2022

Women’s History Month has its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a law that authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7th, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”

Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Locally, the Apopka Historical Society is proud to show the young leaders of our future the amazing possibilities that await them.

"We strive to empower women to have a voice and be equal players in the issues impacting our world today," it said in a statement about its Women's History Month celebration. "We need to promote and protect women’s rights while helping build resilience for women. This month provides us with an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the trailblazing women who helped build our nation and the various cultures around the world. History provides an abundance of examples that showcase the sacrifices made and the hardships these pioneers faced to bring about change for equity and equality in communities across our country and around the world."

And Maribel Brinkle, the President of the Apopka Historical Society, wants to showcase the community's extraordinary women leaders.

"This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is about providing healing and promoting hope," Brinkle said. "I have taken this opportunity to give our local young women exposure to the diverse professions and meet local women leaders in our community to show them what women can accomplish."

Throughout this month, the Museum of the Apopkans has had special exhibits honoring local women, inspiring Floridians, and trailblazing American women. The goal is to educate, generate interest and promote pride in Apopka and Northwest Orange County.

Thursday’s event features Dr. Kathryn Shuler, chief academic officer for Orange County Public Schools. Her message is geared toward local young women on the theme of Girl Power, Promoting Hope. Dr. Shuler is a distinguished leader and educator who has served in various roles for 27 years. She continually encourages young ladies to set their goals high and to identify ways they can begin preparing for success in positions of leadership and power throughout our community and the world.

Honored guests at this event will include:

  • Pastor Veronica Bradford, South Apopka Ministerial Alliance
  • Orange County Public School Board Member Melissa Byrd (District 7)
  • Cate Manley, Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce CEO/President
  • Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore for District 2
  • Debbie Nelson, wife of Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson 
  • Mina Robinson, Small Business Advocate of Central Florida
  • Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez

This event will show the future leaders the amazing possibilities that the world holds for them.

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