Saturday event to celebrate women's issues

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— Colorado women rank second and fourth, respectively, in the nation in terms of economic autonomy and employment and earnings, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, but they are only 16th in terms of health and well-being.

An all-day symposium Saturday by the Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women's Club of Routt County will tackle issues of health and empowerment and will also serve as a fund-raiser.

"Women take care of so many things, with the kids, taking care of their husbands," said Stevie Curd, chairperson of the event. "Everything but themselves."

The event doesn't so much push a selfish attitude, as much as a balanced lifestyle, an attitude of "center thy self," Curd said.

The "Women's Full Circle Health Day Celebrating the Spirit of the Women in the Yampa Valley" will begin with guest registration at 8 a.m. at the Steamboat Grand Hotel. Proceeds will go toward the Yampa Valley Women's Pioneer Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Women's Health Issues Fund at Yampa Valley Medical Center, which is aimed at increasing awareness and education about breast cancer.

The morning speakers will come from areas of strength for Colorado women. Nancy Lake, executive director for the County Sheriffs of Colorado, will lead off a morning of women with significant success in the business field.

The afternoon session will deal extensively with issues of health, with representatives from EAS, and Paula Begay on "The Art of Touch."

The symposium will also feature 10 vendor booths that further complement themes of women in the economy and women's health. Among those displays will be the Avon Breast Cancer 60-Mile Walk, sponsored by the YVBPW. That issue is particularly relevant to women in the area, especially in terms of funding for coverage, said Cynthia Vaida, president of the YVBPW.

The symposium will run until 4 p.m., with an hour-long luncheon starting at noon, and a bonus program by the Women's Foundation of Colorado at 4 p.m.

Fees range from $30 for a luncheon-only attendance, to $45 for YVBPW members; $50 for Steamboat chamber members and $55 for all other guests. Guests may receive the $45 rate by joining the YVBPW at the door.

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