The public is invited to the event, which includes free admission to the Constitution Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Vision 2020 supporters, with a rally in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. at which the National Goals of Vision 2020 will be announced. Participants will also learn how they can become Charter Members of Vision 2020 and they will be able to sign a “Declaration of Equality” to show support for the project.
Featured speakers include: Marilyn Russell, host of The BEN FM Morning Show; Lynn Yeakel, Vision 2020 Co-chair and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership; and Erin Vilardi, The White House Project VP and New York Vision 2020 Delegate.
The theme for the day is “Don’t Let History Happen Without You,” and the event is a part of a visionary decade-long project created by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine to bring about significant progress in advancing equality and women’s leadership by the year 2020, the centennial of the 19th amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. National Delegates have been enlisted from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and are utilizing resources and organizations in their states to propel the effort throughout the country.
“We invite women to join with us on March 30 and to become part of our movement forward to true equality,” said Yeakel. “We are very excited about sharing our plans for completing this important work during the next decade.”
Guided tours of Vision 2020’s original exhibition, titled “From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All…The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality,” which is on display at the Constitution Center through March 31 will be offered at noon and 1:15 p.m. There will also be a special showing at of “Freedom Rising,” a multimedia production that tells the story of the U.S. Constitution at 11:30 a.m.
Vision 2020 was launched in fall 2010 when the Delegates convened at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia for discussions about women’s leadership and influence in the areas of Arts & Culture; Business, Law & Finance; Communications & Media; Education; Politics & Government; Health; Philanthropy, Faith & Volunteerism; and Science, Technology & Engineering. The Delegates, representing all of these topic areas in leadership positions, are now working on a variety of important initiatives in their home states, which will be announced in the coming months.