Women's History Month Revival a Year Later

3/2/2021

Women's History Month activities had to be put on hold last March because of Colorado's stay-at-home orders at the beginning of the pandemic. But the Women's Resource Center is picking up where it left off with small, socially distanced activities in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

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When Colorado residents

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were ordered to stay home

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to reduce the spread of

the coronavirus last March,

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the Women's Resource Center in Durango

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was forced to cancel

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all of its Women's History Month events.

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But this year,

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the nonprofit hopes to pick up

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where it left off.

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I'm Wendy Graham settle.

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The Women's Resource Center of Durango

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hopes to pick back up

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where it left off last March

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with a revival of Women's

History Month events.

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This year celebration,

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Valiant Women of the Vote,

refusing to be silenced

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will revive last year celebration

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of the 100th anniversary

of women's suffrage.

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Although events will be

a little more circumspect

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in deference to social distancing.

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No big parties

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but the center does plan to

host a month long treasure hunt

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for monuments and historical

landmarks in the area.

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Cost to enter is $20

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and those who complete the treasure hunt

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will be eligible to enter

into a drawing for prizes.

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The board put it together.

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We have a marketing committee

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of several of our board members

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and then some volunteers.

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And so they came up, collaboratively

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we came up with the idea.

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We knew we needed to do something

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that wouldn't require

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people collecting all in

one spot all at one time,

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so a treasure hunt

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it's going to be available

the entire month of March

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or up until the 26th.

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And so you have any,

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many days and opportunities

to complete the treasure hunt

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and that way you can stay with the group

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that you're comfortable with,

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stay social distanced

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and still have some fun.

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Digiacomo encourages treasure hunters

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to enjoy themselves at their own pace

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Take photos to dress up.

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We're staying with the theme

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of the Valiant Women of the Vote,

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and so the colors are purple and gold

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and I know a bunch of ladies

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ordered a bunch of purple tutus,

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and it's just a great opportunity

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to to grab a girlfriend, grab

your husband or your family

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and just set out to do this treasure hunt

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it's to support the

Women's Resource Center.

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The women's professional network

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will host a Women's History

Month event at the urban market

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and the celebration we'll wrap up

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with an extraordinary women awards party

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on Saturday March 27th

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at the Rochester Hotel Secret Garden.

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The outdoor socially distanced event

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will honor last year's

extraordinary woman award winner

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La Plata County Clerk, Tiffany Lee,

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for her advocacy of voting rights

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and promoting voter registration.

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The Women's Resource Center helps women

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find the community resources they need

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to take care of themselves

and their families.

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The center also offers low

cost attorney consultations

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free business consultations

and scholarships

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at Fort Lewis college and

other educational institutions.

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Although the center has been

closed during the pandemic

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Digiacomo says the center has

experienced a 25% increase

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in the number of women seeking assistance

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by phone or appointment

during the past year.

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Fundraisers like Women's

History Month events

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are critical to the center's

continued operations.

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We really rely on these fundraisers

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to keep us open,

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that's our sustainable income.

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And so not having the events

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like we have been able to do in the past

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has really taken a toll on us,

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but we're plugging away

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and we just live in such

an amazing community

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that we are getting the

support that we need.

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You can register for the treasure hunt

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and download the women's

Resource Center app

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and clues @wrcdurango.org.

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Thanks for watching this edition

of the Local News Network

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I'm Wendy Graham settle.

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