AAUW benefit celebrates women and the 1920s | TheUnion.com

AAUW benefit celebrates women and the 1920s

Attendees at AAUW’s “All About Unique Women — Suffragists to Flappers” get into the spirit of the event by dressing in period costumes.
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Sign-carrying suffragists, high-stepping flappers, dolled-up ladies and dapper gents … the clock was turned back to the 1920s Sunday at the North Star House for “All About Unique Women — Suffragists to Flappers.”

The second annual American Association of University Women fundraiser kicked off with a suffragist parade led by Nevada County’s historic women’s rights advocates, Sen. and Mrs. Aaron Sargent (Larry and Glady Birdsong).

Contributing to the Roaring ’20s experience, classic cars greeted guest, and Nevada Union High School Dance Team members and jazzercise hoofers kicked up their heels dancing the Charleston.

A vintage fashion show, produced by Cherie Oliver of Yesteryear Sierra, offered a historical glimpse into the golden ’20s via the women and styles that were making news, from first U.S. Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, to “It Girl” Clara Bow, to swimmer Annette Kellerman and little black dress designer Coco Chanel.

Attendees, many in period attire, sampled award-winning Chacewater wines and 1920s appetizers.

“All About Unique Women” benefits the AAUW Educational Foundation, which provides fellowship and community grants.

Since 1881, AAUW has been empowering women. Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Formed in 1937, the Nevada County AAUW branch raises funds to provide college scholarships for local women; to send local girls to the Tech Trek summer camp for science, math and technology; and to support the national Educational Foundation.

For more information, go online at http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net/.

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