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Local Democratic Woman’s Club marks 85 years of work

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For 85 years, a group of women has worked behind the scenes fighting for civil rights and women’s rights — and worked to elect like-minded candidates to office who could help in those quests.

Now, the Tarrant County Democratic Woman’s Club will celebrate its 85th anniversary Saturday and plans to honor pioneering women who helped the club reach this watershed moment.

“We consider it very special to have endured for those many years,” said Anna Holzer, the club historian.

The Tarrant County Democratic Woman’s Club, which was the first grassroots club in Tarrant County and one of the first Democratic women’s clubs in the state, began in 1928 during the election pitting Al Smith against Herbert Hoover.

“Determined, feisty women formed the club,” said Dorothy DuBose Scherr, who heads the committee for the group’s 85th anniversary celebration. “They decided it was time for them to start participating in politics. And this was the first time they really stood up to be counted.”

Longtime community activists Opal Lee, Pauline Valenciano and Betty Fischer will be honored for their local contributions.

The celebration will be from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Carl E. Everett atrium at the UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. State Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, will be the keynote speaker and talk about “When Women Vote, Democrats Win.”

Tickets are $30 and may be bought at the door. For more information, call 817-637-3580.

The group has long been known for holding candidate forums so voters can learn more about candidates on the ballot and for helping propel female candidates to victory.

Moving forward, Scherr said, there are additional goals for the group.

First is an effort to be “a beacon for the larger community of progressive and activist women in Tarrant County.” Second is “helping turn Tarrant County blue.”

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley

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