The Story Behind the 1st Annual South Loop Women's Tea

If you haven't heard about the tea, the information is here:

The month of March is Women's History Month.  In communities around the United States, National Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to share the significant role of women in American history and contemporary society, and to recognize women who have been instrumental in their local communities. 

Plus, March 8th is International Women's Day.  International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.

Amanda's Mom!
Over 10 years ago, my mom (Mary) started an annual Women's Tea in her rural area in Ohio.  She did this to celebrate women and their contributions to her area.  My mom spent over 30 years of her life as a librarian at a local community college.  During that time she helped many woman stick with their education, especially non-traditional students like moms returning to school after a long break.  My mom retired but the Women's Teas have continued.

Last year, my mom was selected to be honored as Woman of the Year at the Women's Tea in March.  In February, however, my mom suffered a severe stroke.  She was still in the hospital during the Tea honoring her so I went in her place to accept her award.  While at the Tea, I heard many women speak about my mom's contributions to their lives.  They also talked about how much they looked forward to coming to the Tea each year.

Then and there, I decided to continue and expand my mom's legacy by starting an annual Women's Tea here in Chicago.  I want to achieve three things with these teas:

  1. To celebrate women, especially those who are making contributions to our city.
  2. To encourage women, especially those who doubt their achievements.
  3. To inspire girls to dream big dreams and continue the advancement of women around the world.
As women, we've come so far.  We still have more to do.  

1 comment:

  1. Yea! Amanda! I bet Mary LOVES this. The tea does continue here in southern Ohio. This year we are honoring Becky Cropper for her many contributions in our area.

    Fabulous. Chicago, you are at the beginning of a wonderful tradition.


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