The King County Council is proclaiming March as Women’s History Month.
The King County Council is proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. The vote occurs on the same day the council took yet another significant step in making the county code gender-neutral.
The council took the opportunity to celebrate the historic contributions that women of every race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background have made, and continue to make, in the growth, and strength of King County, Washington State, our nation, and around the world.
“While celebrating how far we’ve come we must also acknowledge the work that remains to be done,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. “We must work to ensure that all women, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, or ability, are treated equitably.”
In 1969, Bernice Stern was a member of the first King County Council after voters approved the County’s Home Rule Charter in 1968. The women who have served the residents of King County on the Council are Stern, Ruby Chow, Patricia Thorpe, Lois North, Audrey Gruger, Cynthia Sullivan, Louise Miller, Jane Hague, Maggie Fimia, Julia Patterson, Carolyn Edmonds, Jan Drago and current Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Kathy Lambert and Claudia Balducci.
“More and more awareness is being shone on the obstacles women face in the workplace,” said Lambert. “This awareness allows for a safe and fair working environment that improves job productivity and fairness. We are building on the significant contributions made by women throughout history and as we do so the challenges women face will decrease.”
Congress recognized “Women’s History Week” in 1981 to celebrate the significant role of women in American history and contemporary society. In 1987, Congress expanded “Women’s History Week” to “Women History Month.”