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Gov. Snyder proclaims ‘Women's Equality Day' in Michigan
August 26, 2014
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, speaks of equal opportunities for women
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – In observance of Women’s Equality Day, which marks the date that women received the right to vote nationally after Michigan had cemented that right two years earlier, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed today as “Women’s Equality Day” in Michigan.
Snyder reflected on women's suffrage and the importance of continuing the fight for equal rights.
"Today marks a historic day in women's rights, and it's important for future generations to recognize the several achievements of and sacrifices from Michigan women," Governor Snyder said. "Women are a vital part of Michigan's reinvention, and I'm honored to highlight the endless contributions of many great Michigan women who have furthered the cause for women's equality."
In addition, Snyder’s office released a video interview featuring Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the first female Michigan State Police director, who was appointed by Snyder. In the interview, Etue spoke of her decision to join the State Police and the opportunities for women to excel in the department.
"With today being Women's Equality Day, it's a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the successes and advancements that women have had," Etue said. "For example, in the State Police just back in 1967, we had two female troopers. And today in 2014, we have close to 200 female state troopers. I encourage the young women out there to strongly consider an occupation in public safety."
WHEREAS, in 1918, Michigan’s male voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution, giving Michigan women the right to vote; and,
WHEREAS, Women cast their first ballots in statewide elections the following year; and,
WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, and all women received the right to vote; and,
WHEREAS, all women deserve the right to vote and have united to make sure that these rights are available to all future generations; and,
WHEREAS, the state of Michigan is committed to the principle of equal pay and eliminating any gender bias in pay systems; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan residents should recognize the full value of women's skills and their significant contributions to the labor force; and,
WHEREAS, women are full partners in Michigan's reinvention and deserve to be treated as such; and,
WHEREAS, August 26 has been designated as the day of observance for women who have worked to achieve equal rights;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, August 26, 2014 as Women’s Equality Day in Michigan.