Stacy Lattin has always been passionate about issues that affect women and girls.
She studied women’s issues in college, has helped organize women’s conferences and even participated in January’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Now Lattin, who co-owns Wichita’s Hopping Gnome Brewing at 1710 E. Douglas, is in the middle of another female-focused passion project. She’s the organizer of Saturday’s Women’s Equality Day events, which include a morning gathering at Aero Plains Brewing and an afternoon of activities, connected by Wichita’s Q-Line Trolley, at downtown women-owned businesses.
Saturday, Aug. 26, is officially known as Women’s Equality Day, established to commemorate the adoption of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This year is the 97th anniversary.
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When she noticed that the day would land on a Saturday this year, Lattin started dreaming about putting together a larger event that went beyond the typical Women’s Equality Day gatherings that have happened around town.
Saturday’s activities will start at 10:30 a.m. with a free event at Aero Plains Brewing, 117 N. Handley, that’s hosted by Women’s March on Air Capital and Summer of Sisterhood. It will include a personal safety class by Fearless & Female (stabby kitties, little cat-shaped, hand-held self defense devices, will be available), speakers, food by Let’m Eat Brats, beer and music. The event will also include a drive for old cell phones that can be used to help domestic abuse survivors have the ability to call 911.
Afterward, participants are invited to hop on the free Q-Line Trolley downtown and ride it to various female-owned businesses along Douglas Avenue, many of which are putting on special events in honor of the day. The businesses all will donate a part of their day’s proceeds to women-focused organizations.
The day will end with an outdoor screening of women-centered movie “The Help” at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery Alley, and Hopping Gnome also will have live music from Lacey Cruse and Crisis Casanova starting at 8 p.m. It’s also offering $1 off beers starting at noon.
“The goal for this year is to raise awareness to get people to pack The Q,” Lattin said. “In the future, I’d like to make it an annual thing and think of larger events we can do.”
Women’s Equity Day activities
Women’s Equality Day Personal Safety Celebration: 10:30 a.m. at Aero Plains Brewing, 117 N. Handley. Events will include a personal safety class, food, beer, music, puppets and speeches. Admission is free.
Women’s Equality Day: Ride the Q: Organizers are encouraging women to ride Wichita’s free Q-Line trolly starting at 10 a.m. to a list of women-owned businesses downtown.
Among the participants and events:
▪ Skin Essentials, 4726 E. Central, will donate 10 percent of all retail sales on Saturday to Dress for Success Wichita and encourages shoppers to bring in donations of women’s business-appropriate clothing.
▪ Aspen Boutique, 4724 E. Douglas, is giving 10 percent of all its sales on Saturday to Dress for Success Wichita
▪ TISSU Sewing Studio, 3700 E. Douglas, will let visitors create their own 1920s inspired headbands for a suggested $10 donation to Dress for Success Wichita.
▪ Love of Character, 3200 E. Douglas, will donate 10 percent of its sales on Saturday to Dress for Success Wichita.
▪ The Kitchen, 725 E. Douglas, will donate 10 percent of proceeds from a special Women’s Equality Day menu to Dress for Success Wichita. And customers who bring in a gently used handbag or business clothes for donation will be offered a choice of free Disco fries or creme brulee with their meal. One per table.
▪ The Workroom at 150 N. Cleveland will donate 10 percent of all sales to Planned Parenthood Great Plains. Shoppers who donate $25 or more to Planned Parenthood will receive an ICT tote bag.
▪ Bungalow 26, 613 W. Douglas, asks shoppers to bring gently worn, work-appropriate clothing, unused toiletries and grooming products to donate to Dress for Success Wichita. Those who do will receive a discount on their purchases.
▪ Movie in the Alley: The outdoor movie in Gallery Alley, 616 E. Douglas, will be “The Help.” It starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. They’re free, but donations are accepted.
▪ Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria, 1706 E. Douglas: This restaurant will offer $2 off wine flights starting at noon and will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to Dress for Success Wichita.
▪ Hopping Gnome, 1710 E. Douglas, will have girl-powered coloring sheets, $1 off beer starting at noon, and it’ll donate 20 percent of the day’s sales to Dress for Success Wichita.