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March 2024: Women's History Month

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, the 2024 national theme for Women’s History Month is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” recognizing women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions; and,

WHEREAS, there is a historic number of women serving in the Legislature and across the state government, and women serve as leaders in our businesses, labor force, local governments, and 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 2024 as Women’s History Month in Michigan.