County Council proclaims Women’s History Month

March 11, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. March 11, 2010

King County Council members and County Executive Dow Constantine have declared March as Women’s History Month, and encouraged residents to learn more about the roles women have played in history.

The theme for the 2010 celebration — Writing Women Back into History — recognizes a wide range of achievements by women in fields as diverse as the arts, ecology, government and sports.

The nine-member County Council includes four women, including the Issaquah representative, Councilwoman Kathy Lambert. The council and Constantine issued the proclamation March 1.

“Washington state has a proud history of supporting and promoting women in government,” Lambert said in a news release. “For 12 years, from 1993 to 2004, Washington state ranked No. 1 in the nation for the percentage of women legislators.”

Lambert, a former state representative and senator, noted her service in Olympia then.

“I had the honor of serving in the state House of Representatives during this period, when more than 40 percent of the lawmakers were women,” she said. “We made many strides to open issues and policies to more voices. Now, 10 of our 39 mayors in King County are women.”

The roster of female mayors includes Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger.

Congress recognized Women’s History Week in 1981 to celebrate the role of women in U.S. history and modern society. Congress expanded the weeklong commemoration to Women’s History Month in 1987.

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