National Archives at Kansas City

Women's Equality Week Program: -Run Women Run!-

Press Release: August 4, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Women's Equality Week Program: Run Women Run!

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will present, in partnership with the American Association of University Women and the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, a panel discussion program titled Run Women Run!: For Public Office. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the program.

This panel discussion includes a select group of current and former elected office holders who will discuss how and why they ran for public office. In addition, the speakers will offer advice and tips on how to organize a campaign, recruit volunteers, and fundraise. Panelists include former Kansas City Councilwoman Joanne Collins (R), current state representative Judy Morgan (D), and Rebecca Richardson, president of the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, a nonpartisan group that supports women who run for elected office. The program will be moderated by Dana Perry of the American Association of University Women.

This event is a part of Women's Equality Week: Pushing Back/Marching Forward Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Gaining the Right to Vote and is co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus and the American Association of University Women - Kansas City Branch.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speakers

Joanne Collins is a full-time volunteer, a member of 32 nonprofit organizations and she serves on 15 of their Board of Directors, and presently chairs five of them. She has held presidential, gubernatorial, regional, county, and municipal appointments. Previously, Collins served as Kansas City Missouri City Council Member-at-Large for 17 years as Finance and Audit Committee Chair, Mayor Pro-tem, and Acting Mayor and ran for Congress, twice; she seconded the nomination for President for then Vice-President George H.W. Bush. Banking, insurance, real estate sales, postal service, and community building were her professions. She actively recruits and supports minorities and women for elective and appointed public offices, while encouraging young people to serve as volunteers.

Judy Morgan was a Social Studies teacher and counselor in the Kansas City Public Schools for 29 years. Elected President of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 691 in 1999, Morgan served in that position for ten years. In 2011 she was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently serving her second full term as a democrat in the 24th District.

Dana Perry is a former middle and high school educator. She has traveled abroad teaching oral English and writing in China four years and in Kuwait two years. Perry has three sons and a grandson. She now renovates older houses with her husband and youngest son.

Rebecca Richardson resides in Kansas City with her husband. She is a partner in of Axis Architecture in Kansas City. She is a strong advocate for women's rights, President of the Greater KC Women's Political Caucus, Treasurer of the MO State Women's Political Caucus, member of the Women in Politics Board, and Board member of the Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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