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, women have strengthened our Commonwealth and our nation by fighting for social and economic justice and serving in our armed forces; 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, we honor the courageous mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, wives, friends, and mentors, knowing that because of them we as a Commonwealth and as a nation move toward greater gender equality; 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, Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives, emphasizes how sharing the stories of exceptional women can give society a fuller understanding of the female experience and inspire the next generation of women to be bold and dream big;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2015 as WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.