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Vision 2020 Announces Headliners for the "Celebration of American Women&quot

Vision 2020 Announces Headliners for the "Celebration of American Women"

Oscar-Winner Geena Davis, Astronaut Mae Jemison and Actress and Artist Jane Seymour to Join the Festivities

Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) September 13, 2010

Vision 2020 announces with pride the special guests for its “Celebration of American Women” on Oct. 21, 2010: Geena Davis, Mae Jemison and Jane Seymour. The three celebrities will participate in a 90-minute program focusing on women’s equality. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13.

The event is a cheerful pause in the midst of two days of serious debate and discussion about women’s equality during Vision 2020’s national conference: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership at the National Constitution Center.

The Celebration will pay tribute to women throughout history who have dedicated their lives to gender equality; applaud women’s successes; and anticipate a future where true sharing of leadership between men and women will inspire an unprecedented dimension of American excellence.

Geena Davis is an Academy Award-winning actress known for her portrayal of strong women characters in movies, including Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, as well as in the television series Commander-in-Chief. She is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in the Media, which informs the public about the need to improve the representation of girls and women in media in children’s programming. Davis is also on the board of directors of The White House Project, a Vision 2020 National Ally.

Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. She is also founder and president of two medical technology companies. Prior to joining NASA, Jemison worked in both engineering and medicine. She is a powerful voice for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Jane Seymour is a British actress, author, designer and artist. As the star of the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, she portrayed a character who attended Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, a predecessor institution of Drexel University College of Medicine.

For sponsorship and ticket information for the Celebration of American Women, contact Melissa Scott at Melissa(dot)Scott(at)drexelmed(dot)edu or 215-991-8198.

About Vision 2020
Vision 2020 is a national project of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine focused on ensuring gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. In 2010, Vision 2020 will develop and launch its decade-long action agenda to move America toward equality by inspiring and engaging new generations of women and men to finish the work of the suffragists who pursued women’s right to vote as fundamental to social and economic justice. The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be celebrated in 2020. A special Vision 2020 exhibition, “The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality,” made possible by the generosity of McDonald’s Corporation, will be at the National Constitution Center from October 18, 2010 through January 7, 2011.

About Vision 2020’s Sponsors
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company is the presenting sponsor of Vision 2020. The Exelon Foundation is a Forger of the Future and Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, Siemens, The Philadelphia Foundation, Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo are also sponsors.

About The National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U. S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents. The Center serves as a museum, an education center, and a forum for debate on constitutional issues.