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Mayor Proclaims March Women’s History Month and March 8 Int'l Women’s Day

Mar 6, 2018 – At this week’s Council meeting, Mayor Debbie Bertlin proclaimed March as Women’s History Month and March 8 as International Women’s Day in the City of Mercer Island.

The proclamation recognizes that Women’s History Month celebrates American women of every race, class, and ethnic background who have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation. It also acknowledges International Women’s Day as a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Mayor Debbie Bertlin presented the proclamation to Dr. Lisa Chin (President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County), Myra Lupton (Community Volunteer), Amanda Clark (past President of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County), and Dana Berejka and Julia Graham (two of the three co-Presidents of the Gender Equality Club at the Mercer Island High School).

In 1987, the US Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month, creating a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often overlooked achievements of American women. The 2018 theme for the month, Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, honors the women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. The theme embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century. The 2018 campaign theme, #PressforProgress, reflects the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings that gender parity is still over 200 years away.

Read the full Proclamation


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