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March 2022: Women's History Month
February 28, 2022
WHEREAS, the 2022 national theme for Women's History Month is "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope," which is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan women bring a broad and profound diversity of lived experiences and expertise to all aspects of civic, economic, cultural, and social development throughout our state, in countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and,
WHEREAS, there is a historic number of women serving in the Legislature and across the state government, and they make up more than 50 percent of the population, 56 percent of our state's labor force, 12 percent of senior leadership in Michigan's businesses, and serve as leaders in our communities, continuing to break through historic barriers; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan was once home to prominent suffragists such as Sojourner Truth, Anna Howard Shaw, Clara Arthur, and Lucia Voorhees Grimes; and,
WHEREAS, we honor women from the suffrage movement as well as the women who have continued to provide both healing and hope throughout history; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan succeeds when women are able to stand in their truths and lead with their authentic and fully identified selves; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan women continue to break barriers, shatter ceilings, build ladders, connect bridges, and make history in seen and unseen ways every single day;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2022 as Women's History Month in Michigan to recognize and celebrate the strides and accomplishments of the women of Michigan and to support their continued efforts for parity.