Gathering of women set for Saturday

Scheduled speakers include educator Ernestine Hayes

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005

Women from all over the community are invited to share their spirit Saturday morning at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall to commit to make Juneau and the world a better place.

"Hearing Women's Voices - It's a New Year" will be the second major forum of its kind that the organizers have set up since last fall.

The ANB Hall is located on Willoughby Avenue downtown. No admission will be charged to the event.

"It's a grass-roots movement," co-organizer Andrea Doll said. In addition to speakers, participating women will be asked to "celebrate their gifts and share with the group," she added.

Scheduled speakers include educator and author Ernestine Hayes. A regular columnist for the Empire, Hayes teaches creative writing, humanities and English at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Co-organizer Barbara Belknap said the first such women's forum drew about 140 people in October. A smaller gathering of was held in November, and their network has grown to about 150, she said.

"We hope to connect women with each other, getting them involved so they can be more active," she said.

"I want them to feel the power and excitement of being with other people in the community," Doll said. She said people "feel dissipated" since the November election and recent tragic events in the world. She is looking for people to come away "recharged" for the new year.

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