WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS REMARKS - PREPARED REMARKS
MAY 2, 2015
is my pleasure to be here with Attorney General Rosenblum, Multnomah County
Chair Deborah Kafoury, Chair Vardavas, today’s honorees, and all of you
years ago, I received this very same award, along with Myrlie Evers Williams.
thought this morning, I would share with you snippets from the speech I gave
two decades ago.
I was a young kid, I had a poster in my bedroom.
was green and had an orange thumbprint on it.
orange thumbprint matched the shag carpeting on the floor.
poster read “I gotta be me.”
I want to thank each and every one of you for clearing the path so that I can
many ways my life is the feminist movement.
movement is all of our lives.
cannot remember a time when I was not a feminist.
was in 1968, the last year of Walt Disney, that I told my mother I wanted to be
told me we didn’t have enough money.
I settled instead for being a state legislator, at least for now.
I was 13, it was the year of Roe v. Wade, I convinced my mother that she should
be pro-choice; and to this day, she is.
I was 15, my boyfriend hit me, and I never went out with him again.
was 25 in 1985, fresh out of law school, working in my first law firm, living
with a woman whom I loved and terrified that I may lose my job because of it.
were some of the defining moments in my life.
and every one has faced our own similar set of defining moments.
why the Commission for Women and WRC are so important. Because they give
everyone support and guidance and a sense of being a part of something bigger
have a dream that by the next century which isn’t too many years away,
will be preparing a woman to run for President and it doesn’t matter what color
she is and what her income is.
dream of a world that women in every country will have the right to
self-determination and be able to control if and when to have a child.
dream of families that raise their children without violence and abusers who
will be punished because we will have zero tolerance for violence in our homes.
have a dream that little girls will be able to look in the mirror and say
can do anything” and when they turn 13 or 25 or 42 or 60, it will still be
us to realize these dreams and many like them, we need to redefine the feminist
am very appreciative of this award because it validates everything I have
worked for and it inspires me to keep striving for the dream.
other poster I had in my bedroom, the one with orange shag carpet, read “Happy
are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come
celebration brings us together as members of the women’s movement to honor five
incredible women for their accomplishments. I am inspired and motivated by
their stories of perseverance and determination. Women like you (addressing honorees) give me the
kind of inspirational boost I need to keep striving for the dreams I have for
girls, women, and all Oregonians. Thank you for all you have accomplished.
by working together can we make real our shared dream of equity and justice for