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Local Group Dedicated To Advancing Voices Of Women

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Patti Hays hopes that we will see women running for and being elected to positions in city and state governments.

The AVOW organization was founded a little over two years ago with the purpose of giving women here in Fort Wayne a voice in public life.

Under the leadership of founders, Patti Hays, Rachel Tobin-Smith, Marilyn Moran-Townsend and Faith Van Gilder, AVOW is growing in numbers, gaining momentum, and finding its voice in a number of platforms. The mission of the organization is to advance the voices of women in public life, the community square and civil conversations.

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The time is right for such an inclusive organization, according to Rachel Tobin-Smith.

Appealing to women of all backgrounds, ages and political affiliations, what unifies the group's effort is a common passion to inspire and train women for public life.

Adding support to that endeavor is former Mayor of Fort Wayne, Paul Helmke. The Journal Gazette is also endorsing AVOW, and encouraging its participation in weekly guest columns and opinion pieces.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with two of its founders, Pati Hays and Rachel Tobin-Smith, to discuss the group's mission and scope, and the impact it hopes to make on the community.

Event Information:

"Let's Talk about White Privilege: Is It Reality of Perception?
@ Arts United Center, Fort Wayne
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

This event is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, or learn more about AVOW, visit its website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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