Rebel Recharge: The Lady is Taking Charge
Rebel Recharge: “The Lady is Taking Charge: Jan Jones as the First Female Mayor of Las Vegas, 1991-1999.”
The 1980s brought sweeping cultural changes to the Las Vegas Gaming scene. Steve Wynn’s opening of the Mirage in 1989 ushered in unheard-of glamour to the Las Vegas Strip. Upstaging such family-friendly casinos as Excalibur and Circus Circus, Wynn attracted the world’s high rollers with lavishly beautiful art and architecture. Yet, Las Vegas had a preponderance of other issues which nagged the city’s leadership: a lack of a city masterplan, inferior infrastructure, a rising homeless population, a deteriorating downtown, developers eager to expand the suburban landscape, and a lack of a cultural presence. A transplant from California, Jan Jones quickly become a recognizable figure from her family’s business commercials. Once elected mayor in 1991, Jones set forth to address the critical problems facing the city while having to constantly prove her political qualifications as a female leader. Hear about her challenges and accomplishments as a “female first” who led Las Vegas through a transformational decade.
Presenter: Dr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak, Assistant Faculty-in-Residence, History Director, Women's Research Institute of Nevada Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor
About Rebel Recharge: Rebel Recharge is a dynamic lecture series featuring engaging and timely topics designed to stimulate conversation and develop new skills. The series is presented by faculty, staff, and alumni of UNLV and is open to all who would like to attend.
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