Mayor Jenny Dowell with the International Year of Women embroidery she made in 1974.
Mayor Jenny Dowell with the International Year of Women embroidery she made in 1974.

Mayor has it all sewn up

Thirty six years after she embroidered a tribute to the women’s movement, Mayor Jenny Dowell is parting with her historic stitching so it can be auctioned at an International Women’s Day event.

In 1974 – one year before the International Year of Women (IYW) – Jenny was a young woman just starting out in life and was passionate about furthering the feminist cause. She was also passionate about embroidery and decided to produce one of the five different designs being considered for the official 1975 IYW logo. She picked well, as the design Jenny produced later became the chosen IYW emblem.

“I just loved the design. (Looking at it now) it brings back a time of optimism and freedom,” Jenny said. “It’s not a prized work but it’s significant for International Women’s Day. The experiences at that time shaped me and influenced how I raised my daughter.”

Jenny recently donated the embroidery to the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter so it can be auctioned at the charity’s International Women’s Day event in Lismore on March 8.

The design incorporates the universal female symbol, the dove and the equal symbol. It is something Mayor Dowell is quietly proud of, but has no real attachment to.

“Possessions are not something I cling to. If it raises money for a good cause, I’m happy to part with it,” she said.

Tickets are still available for the International Women’s Day luncheon, which is being held at Zest Function Centre on March 8. Every guest will receive a ‘pamper pack’ courtesy of Lismore Destiny and wines from Taylors Wines.

Tickets are $55. Visit www.helirescue.com.au/

events or phone 6627 4444.


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