womens history month

Human Relations Commission Accepting Award Nominations & Scholarship Applications for Women's History Month

women s history month
The Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission will celebrate Women’s History Month in March 2017. The national theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. The month-long observance features programs and events that celebrate the role of women in our nation and in our community and will culminate with the presentation of the Fannie Bronson Postell Woman of the Year Award and the Women Educating Women Scholarship to a local student at the Women’s History Month Celebration on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5PM at Amanda’s Cupcake Café (1010 S. Main Street). All events are free and open to the public. See below for list of events.

Do you know a fabulous woman who deserves to be recognized as Woman of the Year? Or a student who could use financial assistance with the postsecondary education? Then don’t miss this opportunity!

  • Fannie Bronson Postell Woman of the Year Award - The community is encouraged to nominate a woman or group of women in our area who, through current or recent efforts, makes a positive impact on our community. Nomination forms and details on the award are available online here or by calling 270-887-4010.
  • Women Educating Women Scholarship - This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Christian County who is pursuing her postsecondary education. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the generous donations received through the “Give $10, Ask 10” campaign. The application and information on how you may support the scholarship may also be accessed online here or by calling 270-887-4010.
  • Scholarship Fund Campaign – The “Give $10, Ask 10” fundraising campaign for the Women Educating Women Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity to help a woman in Christian County. All of the funds raised are given in local scholarship awards. Donors are asked to give a minimum of $10 and to ask 10 friends or colleagues to do the same.  Donations can be mailed or made in person at the Human Relations Commission office (715 S. Virginia Street). You can make your donation to the “Give $10, Ask 10” scholarship fund year-round.
The deadline for award nominations and scholarship applications is March 3, 2017.
Women’s History Month - Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Kentucky Chautauqua Performer, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, 5:30PM:
The Friends of the Library introduce Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a state and
national leader of the woman’s suffrage movement and was highly instrumental in getting
Kentucky to ratify the 19 th  Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Portrayed
by Kelly Brengelman, Ms. Breckinridge is one of many notable state figures that make up
the Kentucky Chautauqua program. This program is provided by the Kentucky
Humanities Council and brings to life people from Kentucky’s past.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
International Women’s Day and Proclamation Signing, Hopkinsville Municipal Center, 4pm:  
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and
political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating
gender parity. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Movie: Iron Jawed Angels, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, 2PM:  
This 2004 movie tells the remarkable and little-known story of a group of passionate and
dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances
O’Connor), who risked their lives to fight for American women’s right to vote.  

Friday, March 24, 2017
Hoptown Shop Walk, Downtown Hopkinsville, 4-7PM:  
Women are entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders in this community. Stroll, shop,
and support local women who work every day to make this community a better place.
Refreshments and special offers available at individual locations. A list of participating
locations coming soon to www.hoptown.org/HRC.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Women’s History Month Celebration, Amanda’s Cupcake Café, 5PM:  
This reception will conclude our Women’s History Month events and will feature the
announcement of the 2017 recipients of the Fannie Bronson Postell Woman of the Year
Award and the Women Educating Women Scholarship.

Tune into WHOP, Lite 98.7 to hear “Profiles in Local Women’s History.” The series will be running through the month of March and will feature stories of women who have made a positive impact in our community.

For more information on all Human Relations events, please visit the website www.hoptown.org/HRC or call 270-887-4010.