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has many local connections and even a national connection to help
forward the lives of women in the United States, said Holly Grady.
Holly Grady, executive director
of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker at
Fort McCoy’s Women’s History Month observance. Grady spoke
about the history of women in the area and Sparta’s
relationship with Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Val Hyde)
the executive director of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, was the
guest speaker at Fort McCoy’s observance of Women’s History Month
March 12. She is responsible for the health of business relationships
with their customers in the Sparta community, including with Fort
McCoy personnel who live, work, conduct business, play, etc., in the
have heard they can’t do things because they’re a woman, because
they’re weak, etc.," Grady said. "During Women’s History
Month, we celebrate their accomplishments, endeavors and
Barack Obama recently signed a proclamation designating March as Women’s
History Month. The White House Web site http://www.whitehouse.gov
has the text of the proclamation, which has many interesting facts
pertaining to women.
city of Sparta has some very interesting history of women. Kathryn
Frederick Clarenbach, who graduated from Sparta High School at the age
of 16 in 1937, reached national prominence when she helped co-found
the National Organization for Women in 1966, Grady said.
her career, Clarenbach advocated for the rights of women, including
shaping and changing laws regarding marital properties, divorce,
sexual assault and equal pay for men and women.
have played prominent roles in economic, social and political
(realms), etc.," Grady said. "They have been leaders, not
only for women’s rights, but for social causes, such as supporting
abolitionists, emancipation, Civil Rights and peace."
a year ago, a group of local women from Sparta presented an idea for a
project to highlight Clarenbach’s family and formative years, a
national and local timeline, and other exhibits.
from a Sparta Charter School, Chole Miller Hansen, Alison Toetz and
Emily Culver, worked on the project. The project is serving as a
traveling exhibit until a more permanent home can be found in Monroe
County Local History Room, Grady said.
want people to know about this amazing Sparta woman," said Miller
Hansen. "Sparta has more than one hometown hero. We think Kay
(Clarenbach) should be as well known as our local astronaut, Deke
said Sparta is grateful for its relations with Fort McCoy and its
personnel, including the signing of the Army Community Covenant to
pledge mutual support to each other in July 2008.
the ceremony, it was noted that the Army Community Covenant recognizes
that familial strength emanates, in large part, from the support of
the local communities. Grady said it is the chamber’s mission to
bring everyone together.
chamber informs its members of Fort McCoy news and events by
publishing information from the Public Affairs Office in its chamber
newsletter and also is interested in telling stories of Fort McCoy’s
personnel to the local businesses.
more information, call Grady at 608-269-4123.