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Virtual Panel: Across Generations – Women in Politics

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

- Free
Portraits of four women in politics

How can women of different generations uplift and empower each other? Join the Whatcom Museum for a virtual panel discussion and Q&A with local women leaders and influencers in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote.

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.

The panel features four women from different generations who have political careers or made strides to change the political contours of the city, state, and nation. Hear them respond to questions about their roles in local politics, as well as answer questions from participants.

This free event will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants will receive an email confirmation that includes a link to the Zoom webinar upon registration.

About the Panelists:

Kelli Linville, a fourth-generation Whatcom County resident, small-business owner, educator, and former state legislator served as mayor of the City 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 City of Bellingham Councilmember and co-owner of the music venue The Shakedown. She has chaired the Planning and Community Development committee.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Funded in part by the Washington State Women’s Commission and the Washington State Historical Society through the Votes for Women Centennial Grant Program.

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August 26
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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