Olympic Cellars and Womanfest will honor the memory of local activist Clara Carlson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, during a post-International Women's Day celebration.
Women of all ages are invited to gather at Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 Highway 101, Port Angeles, to break bread and hear stories of Carlson's commitment to growing women's participation in the political process.
Carlson was a long-term Port Angeles resident who worked to inform and involve women in the political process. Her advocacy for women's rights continued until her death on Jan. 10 at the age of 102.
Carlson was active in the National Organization of Women's work to pass an equal rights amendment, worked with the Port Angeles League of Women Voters to raise political awareness among local women and shed light on issues of concern with her letters to the editor.
She was an early member of Womanfest, a local nonprofit organization providing empowering experiences for women.
Nancy Newman, owner of WholeHearted Consulting and the organizer of Port Angeles' first International Women's Day celebration 10 years ago, will speak about its history, her friendship with Carlson and Carlson's work.
Participants in the gathering can enjoy hot soup, bread and wine while listening to stories about Carlson's life as volunteered by others who knew her.
A scholarship fund launched in Clara Carlson's name will support women's work for causes that captured her passion. It will be managed by Womanfest. A suggested $10 donation, collected at the door, will support the scholarship fund.
The event also will support Mujeres de Maiz (Women of Corn) Opportunity Foundation, a sewing coop located in six villages in Chiapas, Mexico. The foundation provides educational opportunities for Mexican women and girls.
Twenty-five percent of the purchase price of wine sold by the glass throughout the evening will be donated to this international charity.
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