Teresa Tomlinson, who is in her second term as Columbus mayor, is the guest speaker for the Women’s Equality Day luncheon at Fort Benning.
With the theme “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote,” the event is at 11 a.m. today at the Benning Conference Center.
Tomlinson took office as the 69th mayor of Columbus on Jan. 3, 2011, after winning her election in November 2010. She was re-elected to a second term in May 2014.
She is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.
The mayor has been named four times to Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, and she also holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.
Four other area women will be guest speakers at the luncheon. They include Col. Wendy Daknis, Fort Benning staff judge advocate; Christine Robins, CEO of Char-Broil; Col. Marie Dominguez, commander of Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning; and Rebecca Rumer, chief administrative officer of Synovus.
In 1971, the day was first celebrated when the U.S. Congress, at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug, designated Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The date commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which secured the right to vote for women in 1920.