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Organizer of Women’s March on St. Louis will be honored



Valerie Brinkman, lead organizer for the Women’s March on St. Louis, will be recognized by the National Political Women’s Caucus (NPWC) of Metro St. Louis at its Galvanizing Gutsy Women Gala on Saturday, April 1.

The event, which will include lunch, will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Probstein Clubhouse in Forest Park, 6141 Lagoon Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112. Aisha Sultan, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will serve as guest speaker on topics including “fake news,” “alternative facts” and why truth still matters.

Brinkman, a St. Louis mother of four who was unable to attend the national event – Women’s March on Washington – took the lead in organizing a St. Louis event. Brinkman and 15 other local women, whom she now calls family, formed the non-profit group Defend HERS to manage the logistics and financial necessities of the march.

20,000 SHOWED UP

An estimated 20,000 people attended the Jan. 21 event, which coincided with the national march. Since then, the group has developed a website,, and related social media pages to provide women with opportunities to take action and chance to share, vent, learn, grow and continue their journeys.

Tickets to the event are $75 each and include lunch and a Gutsy Women button. Three levels of sponsorships are also available: Champion for $1,000 (includes four tickets); Table Captain for $750 (10 seats per table); and Advocate for $500 (includes two tickets).

All proceeds from the event will support progressive women candidates endorsed
by NWPC of Metro St. Louis. Register online at or mail a check to PO Box 50103, St. Louis, 63105.

The National Women’s Political Caucus of Metro St. Louis is a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. Visit for more information.


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