REMARKS AS PREPARED
Women’s History Month Proclamation
March 1, 2018
Good afternoon. I am thrilled to join with the Oregon Commission for Women to celebrate Women’s History Month in Oregon.
We’re also here today to present the 2017 Women of Achievement Awards to four truly incredible Oregon women. Women determined to make a difference, helping to create a state where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Today, we recognize Anita Yap, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, Liliana Luna, and Dr. Guadalupe Guajardo for your outstanding leadership, advocacy, and service to the State of Oregon.
Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor the legacy of women who’ve made a lasting impact on Oregon.
Women like Justice Betty Roberts-- the first woman to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court.
Norma Paulus-- the first woman to serve as Oregon’s Secretary of State.
And women like Vera Katz-- the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House.
Our state has a proud lineage of strong, bold women who’ve inspired me, and I am proud of the progress we continue to make.
For the first time in our state’s history, women are now a majority on the the Oregon Supreme Court. And just last month, I had the honor of appointing Justice Adrienne Nelson to the bench -- the very first African American to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court-- or any appellate court in Oregon for that matter.
I’m encouraged that across the state, more women with diverse backgrounds are stepping forward to lead.
Women are making our voices heard, and we’re getting stuff done.
We’re advancing policies and passing bills that not only promote economic equality and ensure all women, across the state can thrive-- we are also creating better communities, healthier families, and expanding opportunities for new generations.
We raised the minimum wage to help working mothers and families.
We took action to ensure women are paid equally and treated fairly in the workplace.
We believe that all Oregonians deserve access to health care, and we made sure that all women in Oregon have access to reproductive health care.
The progress we’re making is due in part to the leadership of women. Women who have had first-hand experience with these issues and understand on a very personal level how they impact people’s lives.
With more and more women serving in leadership roles in the Capitol and across the state, it is my hope that young girls grow up knowing that these roles are within reach. That their perspectives matter, and that women can change the world.
It is now my honor to read the proclamation:
WHEREAS: Women of every race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and abilities have made historic contributions to the strength of our state and nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and
WHEREAS: In overcoming discrimination, harassment and hardship, women have been bold and fearless, never giving up on the promise that with hard work and determination, nothing is out of reach; and
WHEREAS: In remembering the trailblazers of the past and the heroines of present day, we honor their legacies by carrying forward the valuable lessons learned from the powerful examples they set.
Whether teaching our children, caring for our sick, serving in our wars, starting businesses, serving in elected positions, or venturing into unknown frontiers, generations of women believed their gender was no obstacle to what they could achieve; and
WHEREAS: During Women’s History Month, we recognize the advances we have made in this state for women but acknowledge that more needs to be achieved so women can gain gender equity and access to the prosperity of Oregon.
We proudly join with the Oregon Commission for Women to expand our efforts to help all women overcome the challenges they face to live in a more equitable, more inclusive and more just state.
NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim March 2018 to be Women’s History Month in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.