For their very first proclamation, as they returned to in-person meetings after two years, the Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed March as Women’s History Month at its meeting yesterday.
Commissioner Tye Menser, who read the proclamation, said it was “very exciting” to make an in-person proclamation again.
“Women of every race, class and ethnic background have made and continue to make historic contributions to the growth and strength of Thurston County, the State of Washington, our nation, and the global community,” the proclamation read.
The commissioners also recognized women who served as early leaders in the forefront of every significant progressive social change movement, including the right to vote, improved employment rights, and the civil rights movement.
The BOCC urged the public to become aware of the “need to battle racism and build a more just, peaceful, and prosperous society.”
Zonta Club of Olympia representatives Pamela Dittloff and Lynda Nashed Zeman attended the Tuesday meeting to accept the proclamation.
The Zonta Club is a non-government organization that stands for women’s rights and creates various programs and services to expand opportunities for women and girls.
Commissioner Carolina Mejia said she appreciates the efforts of Dittloff and Zeman to personally attend the meeting, saying, “it’s a very special occasion and a special month.”
“The world is a better place because of women,” Commissioner Gary Edwards remarked as he recognized the Zonta Club representatives.
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