WIN President Susybelle Gosslee of Lake Highlands with WIN co-founder Shirley Miller of Preston Hollow (photo by Deborah Brown)

In the 1800s, women could not own property, have legal claim to the money they earned and did not have the right to vote. After a long and hard-fought campaign, the 19th amendment passed on Aug. 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote and own property.

Next week, the city will celebrate Women’s Equality Day, highlighting the Women’s Issues Network, co-founded by Preston Hollow resident Shirley Miller. A ceremony and program will be held noon-1 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Flag Room at City Hall.

Miller, wife of Dallas Morning News columnist Bob Miller, helped form WIN in 1980 and is still active in the organization.

“It is important to remember that women were not given the right to vote – they fought for it,”Miller says in a press release.

After graduating from college in 1957, she applied for a newspaper job that paid women just $50 a week, which wasn’t even enough for Miller to live on. Over the years, Miller has lobbied the state legislature for women’s causes. Before WIN, she founded Dallas’ Commission on the Status of Women to help end unequal policies affecting women.

At next week’s ceremony, the 100-plus women in attendance will wear white to represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote. Attendees will include State Representative Yvonne Davis as well as members of Peacemakers, League of Women Voters, NAACP-Dallas Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Dallas Section, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Women’s Council of Dallas County.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214.956.7313.

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