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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 4, 2019 10:54 AM
From: Representative Joanna E. McClinton
To: All House members
Subject: Celebrating Women in Public Office Day
March is the month when we take time to look back and honor the many achievements of women throughout history and the vast strides made by women today. It is also the perfect time to specifically celebrate the accomplishments and selfless service of elected women.

With that in mind, I would love your support to designate March 19, 2019, as “Celebrating Women in Public Office Day “in Pennsylvania.

One of the most significant accomplishments that women have made historically is in their achievements in the political arena. In fact, women smashed election records during the 2018 election cycle with more women filing to run, more women becoming party nominees for the House, Senate and gubernatorial races, and more women winning than ever before. Since 1971, the number of women serving as state legislatures has more than quintupled. This is something to be celebrated! Yet there is still work to be done.

You see, in Pennsylvania, although women comprise 51% of the population; they only occupy 25% of the elected officials in the House and Senate. These numbers are consistent nationally. A democracy requires ample representation of all citizens. This includes diverse populations of women. This is why it is imperative that we continue to encourage, recognize and support the inclusiveness of women in public office. What better way to do that then celebrating the accomplishments that women have and continue to make in politics.

It is for this reason that I am encouraging all of my colleagues to please join me in celebrating the many accomplishments that women our making in the political area by co-sponsoring this important resolution recognizing, March 19, 2019 as “Celebrating Women in Public Office Day”. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HR138