Women's Equality Day 2017

The Honorable Carole Clark

League "Making Democracy Work Award" Bestowed on Judge Carole Clark

At the August 26th celebration of Women's Equality Day, League members and guests will recognize the Honorable Carole Clark, Judge of the 321st District Family Court for her leadership and her advocacy for Smith County's children.   

The event takes place 11:30 AM  to 1 PM at the Taylor Auditorium, Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, in Tyler.  

Watch You Tube video of  former sheriff J. B. Smith lauding Clark for her work.  


J.B. Smith to Speak

J. B. Smith, former Smith County Sheriff, nationally noted humorist, speaker, author, and Emmy-Award winning radio host, will talk briefly about his history working with Judge Clark in Smith County's criminal justice system. One of the longest-serving sheriffs in the history of Texas, Smith served Smith County from 1976 until January 1st, 2013. He managed a department of 350 personnel and approximately 1,000 prisoners. When Smith found that 75% did not have a high school education, it prompted him to contact the Texas Education Agency to help implement GED classes within the detention facilities. As a 20-year member of the National Speakers Association, the sheriff has spoken at organizations throughout the nation and on six occasions was asked by the military to be the keynote speaker for our troops returning from Afghanistan.

How Did Women's Equality Day Begin?

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.


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