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  • MAKERS: Women in Nevada History

    Made Possible by The Eleanor Kagi Foundation – A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy

    MAKERS: Women in Nevada History is sponsored by The Eleanor Kagi Foundation – A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy, Cashman Equipment, MGM Resorts International, The Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation, Ltd., Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Nevada Humanities, Bank of America, and Vegas PBS Women’s Engagement Council. To sponsor one of our programs, contact WRIN at (702) 895-4931.

    Historical Clips of Nevada MAKERS

    For clips on individual historical women featured in MAKERS, click HERE

    Preview – MAKERS: Women in Nevada History

    In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Nevada’s woman suffrage, WRIN has partnered with Vegas PBS to educate our community about the extraordinary women who have improved the quality of life in the state. WRIN is the perfect partner for PBS on this project because of our extensive research on Nevada women’s history. Three one-half hour programs will debut in October 2014 and additional profiles will be available online. We are particularly pleased that the Clark County School District will create curriculum for our schools and include women in the future. The pilot for this project features three contemporary women and can be viewed below. The series will be aired on Vegas PBS Channel 10, as follows:

    Episode One – “The Groundbreakers”

    This episode begins in the early 1900s with Nevada women’s involvement in building communities, businesses, and education. It highlights the campaign of women’s right to vote in the state of Nevada six years before the federal amendment and takes us through World War Two and the participation of women in the southern Nevada war industries. Featured MAKERS include: Anne Martin, Bird Wilson, Helen Stewart, Maude Frazier, and Magnesium Maggie. (Originally aired October 21, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., October 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., and October 28, 2014, at 12:30 a.m. on Vegas PBS.)

    Episode Two – “Moving Forward”

    This episode opens with women workers in the Las Vegas hotel-casino industry and their entry into gaming, construction, politics, and business. It highlights individual women who achieved significant success in their field, as well as the agents of change who participated in the legal transformations of women’s rights during the 1970s and 1980s. Featured MAKERS include: Claudine Williams, Nancy Houssels, Kitty Rodman, Lubertha Johnson, Sarann Preddy, Sue Wagner, Barbara Vucanovich, Linda Rivera, and many others. (Originally aired October 28, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., November 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m, and November 4, 2014, at 12:30 a.m., on Vegas PBS.)

    Episode Three – “Into the Future”

    This episode profiles a selection of today’s Nevada women of achievement from a variety of professional and political communities in southern Nevada. Profiles include Renee West, Barbara Buckley, Pat Mulroy, Rose McKinney-James, Carolyn Goodman, Rosemary Flores, and Tina Kunzer Murphy. Those featured in this episode are but a limited sample of the many successful women who represent the world of opportunities available to women today. (Originally aired November 4, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., November 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., and November 11, 2014, at 12:30 a.m. on Vegas PBS.)


    Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist, J.D., Ph.D., Bamboo Bridges

    Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist The crime of human trafficking is a global issue, but Las Vegas plays a central role in that traffic. To help combat this tragedy, Dr. Bergquist was inspired to join with others to found Bamboo Bridges, a non-profit organization that views violence against women as a spectrum issue from dating violence to domestic violence to human trafficking. Their projects have included training advocates for Asian Pacific American (APA) victims of violence; educating community organizations, law enforcement and youth; and advocating for systemic change that will decrease the opportunities for women to be exploited.

    Barbara Buckley, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

    Barbara Buckley Buckley has spent her career providing legal services to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford an attorney. She moved to Las Vegas in the 1980s, working as a hotel maid. After putting herself though college at UNLV and law school at the University of Arizona, Buckley became a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in 1989. Hoping to make a bigger difference, she ran for a seat in the Nevada Assembly. She was elected Majority Floor Leader by her fellow Democrats and in 2007 was elected to be Speaker of the Assembly, the first woman to hold that role. She has continued to work at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and since 1996 has been the Executive Director.

    Rosita Castillo, Promotores De Salud

    Rosita Castillo Raised in farm-laborer communities, Castillo grew up among organizations working to improve labor standards and health conditions in migrant laborer communities. She continues to work among the Latino communities to promote health issues to women and men of all ages, with reproductive health and anti-violence measures as a large area of concern. She recruits and trains Spanish-speaking health educators to work with her as volunteers.

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