PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey is declaring March 2021 to be Women’s History Month in Arizona to celebrate the many contributions of women to the success of the state and entire nation, and to recognize the women medical professionals who have made history during the pandemic.
“This month, Arizona is proud to celebrate the women who have helped shape our great state,” said Governor Ducey. “Right now, 40 women are leading our communities in the state legislature — the most in state history. Over the last year, women working in the medical field have made history by stepping up day after day to protect Arizonans and administer the vaccine. There’s no shortage of trailblazing women to look up to in Arizona. We are proud to celebrate the determination, integrity and leadership of women that has led to prosperity across the state and nation.”
Women’s History Month was established in 1987, and has been recognized by every U.S. president since 1995. Arizona became the tenth state to grant women the right to vote in 1912, eight years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment allowing women the right to vote nationally.
In 1999, Arizona inaugurated five female statewide officeholders — the first time women held all statewide elected offices in United States history. Arizona has 40 women currently serving in the Arizona State Legislature, the most in state history. Governor Ducey has issued a Women’s History Month proclamation every year since 2016.
View the proclamation HERE and below.
WHEREAS, women in Arizona’s history have transformed the state and entire nation through leadership in a wide range of fields including elected and appointed public service, military service, public safety, entrepreneurship, business, education, medicine, the arts, philanthropy, and charitable service; and
WHEREAS, the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor; first woman state Chief Justice in United States history, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorna Lockwood; one of the first women in the United States elected to a state legislature, Representative Rachel Emma Allen Berry are from Arizona; and
WHEREAS, Arizona inaugurated five female statewide officeholders—Governor, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Treasurer, and Attorney General—in 1999, the first time women held all statewide elected offices in United States history; and
WHEREAS, Arizona became the tenth state to grant women full voting rights in 1912, nearly eight years before the United States Congress ratified the 19th Amendment and granted women the right to vote nationally; and
WHEREAS, Arizona celebrates the women whose tenacity, courage and grit contributed to the development and continued growth throughout Arizona communities; and
WHEREAS, women working in the health care and medical industries throughout Arizona have made history during the pandemic, including those who have dedicated time, energy and resources to vaccinating Arizonans and saving lives; and
WHEREAS, 40 women are currently serving in the Arizona State Legislature, the most in state history; and
WHEREAS, women from across the United States have contributed to the achievements, prosperity and continued growth of our nation and these examples of leadership and determination should be honored and recognized; and
WHEREAS, Congress passed legislation in 1981 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week; and
WHEREAS, in 1987, Congress passed a law which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month; and
WHEREAS, Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating March to be Women’s History Month.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this Twenty-Second day of February in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-One and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth.