CLINTON — More than 70 women, and three men, gathered Thursday at the Women on Fire event to celebrate one another and all the accomplishments that females have earned.
Though the night was aimed to honor women who’ve paved the way for others to follow, it also was a night emphasizing that in order to continue moving forward, women must be strong and committed to improving their lives.
“As you look at women’s rights, it’s two steps forward, and three steps back,” keynote speaker LaDrina Wilson said. “It’s really important that we talk about these things, not just here in this room, but with our daughters, with our cousins, with our nieces and any woman that is significant in your life. And in some cases, any woman who will listen.”
Gateway State Bank vice president of operations Fran Luett had expected a night of networking opportunities and socializing with other professional women, but what she got was much more than that.
“It was very informative and I wish more women would have come because I think it’s a great opportunity for all the women of the community,” Luett said. “There are still steps that need to be taken but things are improving.”
It was exactly that response that Women in Business chairwoman Carissa Evans said the Women on Fire event was created and why interaction between professional women of the community is so important.
“There are three reasons we put on this event,” she said. “To form networking opportunities for women; for us to learn; and for us to be served. Every woman in this community is a woman in business whether it’s working from home or out of the home and every one of us deserves to be served.”