Women's History Month


WHEREAS, throughout our nation’s history, women have been pioneers in all areas of society, from arts and sciences, to medicine and public service; and

WHEREAS, although often overlooked and undervalued, collectively, women have dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a strong and more democratic country; and  

WHEREAS, we remember the great American women who fought for suffrage and advanced our democracy; and

WHEREAS, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of women contribute to a more robust workforce and a more prosperous economy; and

WHEREAS, Women’s History Month was first recognized in 1987 by Congress and enacted by the president after years of lobbying by the National Women’s History Project; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government, honors the women who have shaped America’s history and its future through public service and government leadership;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2016 as WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.