What can Millennials teach Baby Boomers? How can women of different generations uplift and empower each other? Join the Advocates for a panel discussion and Q&A to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the new exhibit Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government.
Panelists include former Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, Western Washington University political science professor Bidisha Biswas, Squalicum High School student activist Mehar Singh, and Bellingham Councilmember Hollie Huthman.
Kelli Linville, a fourth-generation Whatcom County resident, small-business owner, educator, and former state legislator served as mayor of Bellingham from 2012-2020. Linville was the city’s first woman mayor.
Bidisha Biswas is a professor of Political Science at Western Washington University. She obtained her PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published and spoken extensively on diaspora politics and immigration policy. Her book, Indian Immigrant Women and Work: The American Experience, was published in 2016.
Mehar Singh is a student leader and activist attending Squalicum High School. She leads an organization called Students for Action, whose goals include improving legislation around firearms and spreading awareness about current issues such as sexual assault, immigration, and mental health. Following the 2018 Parkland shooting, Mehar organized a rally at City Hall to protest for gun reform.
Hollie Huthman is a first-term Bellingham City Councilmember and co-owner of the music venue The Shakedown. She currently chairs the Planning and Community Development committee and is a member of the Finance committee and Public Health, Public Safety & Justice committee.
11:30am meeting, noon program
Funding provided by the Washington State Women’s Commission and the Washington State Historical Society through the Votes for Women Centennial Grant Program.