King County celebrates March as Women’s History Month

March 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. March 9, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a proclamation for International Women’s Day to honor the contributions of women in society — and to celebrate Women’s History Month.

“I encourage all residents to support the goals of International Women’s Day, and to reaffirm our commitment to end gender-based discrimination,” he said in a statement. “Women have come a long way in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities, and it is up to all of us to continue consciously creating positive change for women worldwide.”

King County has a strong history of providing leadership and management opportunities to the women in the county workforce.

Women comprise 50 percent of the executive’s leadership team, including Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry, County Administrative Officer Caroline Whalen, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives Carrie Cihak, Director of Customer Service Natasha Jones, and Director of Labor Relations Patti Cole-Tindall.

“In the span of my career, I have seen great expansion in the roles that women play,” Whalen said. “It is an honor to be the first woman CAO in King County, and to continue to watch women make progress in the workplace.”

Overall, women currently comprise 40.85 percent of the county workforce. That number is up from 37.9 percent during Women’s History Month in March 2009.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, county government has also devoted glass display cases located in the underground walkway between the King County Courthouse and Administration Building to honor the pioneering women.

Members of the public can view the display during the month of March by entering both buildings, and passing through security.

The county marked International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

“When women thrive, communities thrive,” Cihak said. “I am proud to work with so many talented women — and men — in King County who are dedicated to creating the foundations to foster success for all.”

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