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 dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations; and
WHEREAS, from championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, women have led the way in establishing a strong and more democratic country; 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, 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, “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence,” honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.