PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey declared March 2020 Women’s History Month in Arizona to honor and recognize the many women who have contributed to the character and success of our state and nation.
“Arizona is proud to celebrate the women whose determination and drive have shaped our state and its history,” said Governor Ducey. “From Justice Sanda Day O’Connor to Governor Rose Mofford and the Fab Five, there’s no shortage of inspiring women role models from Arizona. This month—and every month—we recognize the achievements of Arizona women who have transformed our state and nation through their leadership and courage.”
In 1999, Arizona inaugurated five female statewide office holders — marking the first time women held all statewide elected offices in United States history. In 1912, Arizona became the tenth state to grant women full voting rights. This historic moment took place nearly eight years before United States Congress ratified the 19th Amendment and granted women the right to vote nationally.
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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 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 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 2020 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-seventh day of February
in the year Two Thousand and Twenty and of the Independence of the
United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Fourth
SECRETARY OF STATE