Leaders highlight achievements for Women’s History Month

March 17, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. March 17, 2011

King County Council members declared March as Women’s History Month and encouraged residents to participate in events and learn more about the significant role women played throughout history.

The theme for the ongoing celebration — “Our History is Our Strength” — recognizes the challenges women have overcome, honors historic achievement  and encourages the celebration of women as role models for everyone.

“Since women earned the right to vote in Washington 100 years ago, this state’s voters have consistently recognized the strengths that women bring to government and elected them to public office,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, said in a release.

Lambert, a former state lawmaker, reflected on the role of women in public service in Washington.

“I had the honor of serving in the state House of Representatives when women made up more than 40 percent of the Legislature, which was then the highest percentage in the nation,” she said. “I honor women who dedicate their lives to public service and serve as an inspiration to the next generation of women leaders.”

Congress recognized Women’s History Week in 1981 to celebrate the significant role of women in American history and modern society. In 1987, Congress expanded Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month.

“King County has been fortunate enough to cultivate many homegrown woman leaders,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in the release. “Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize these leaders and explore how women have played a role in shaping our society.”

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