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WHEREAS, throughout our nation’s history, women have been pioneers in all areas of society, from the arts and sciences, to medicine and public service; and
WHEREAS, women have significantly influenced public policy and contributed to the building of viable institutions and organizations that continue to support our communities today; and
WHEREAS, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of women contribute to a more robust workforce and a more prosperous economy; 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 the extension of the centennial through 2021 allows groups, individuals, and institutions to continue the celebrations that were cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, 2021 was ushered in with Kamala Harris taking office as the first woman and first Black and South Asian Vice President of the United States; and
WHEREAS, American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, emancipation movement, industrial labor movement, civil rights movement, peace movement, and more that aim to create a more fair and just society for all; 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;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2021, as WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.