IHS Celebrates A Toast to Now: Celebrating Women and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Joey Amato | March 1, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, the Indiana Historical Society welcomed a sold-out crowd to ‘A Toast to Now: An evening dedicated to celebrating women and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.’

During the celebratory event, more than 300 women sampled food, spirits, and toured exhibits including “You Are There 1915: Madam C.J. Walker, Empowering Women” and “Be Heard: Women’s Voices in Indiana.”

“The Indiana Historical Society along with our partners at Chateau St Michelle Wine Estates were thrilled to host this special night of celebrating women. This night was more than acknowledging the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment; it was about women networking with women,” stated Karie Hon, Director, Corporate Relations for Indiana Historical Society.

“It was about women helping one another achieve their goals and dreams, lifting each other up with encouragement, and just being present with one another in a time where we are expected to multitask so many things. Here at IHS, we want to tell and hear these stories so as we look back in history, we can celebrate how far we have come and look forward to celebrating the new paths we as women today can make for the women of tomorrow.”

A Keynote speech was delivered by A’Lelia Bundles, Author and Madam C.J. Walker descendant and moderated by Cherise Shockley, Founder, Diabetes Social Media Advocacy

Other panelists for the evening included:

  • Kristy Rans, Owner, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Lauren Grey Flanagan, Author, 1001 Watts, and VP Employee Benefits Consultant at USI Insurance Services
  • Dr. Jasmine D. Gonzalvo, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University
  • Phyllis Barkman Ferrell, Vice President and Chief Global Commercial Services Officer at Eli Lilly and Company
  • Cebronica Luft, General Manager of Lyft and Owner of The Pavilion at Pan Am

IHS plans on having another event next year and a book is available for purchase at IHS History Market written by Lauren Grey, one of the panelists from the event. The book is titled 1001 Watts and all the proceeds from the sale will go toward scholarships for students competing with National History Day projects on Indiana women in STEM.