Introduced Version House Resolution 17 History

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(By Delegates L. Phillips, Arvon, Border, Campbell, Fleischauer, Frich, Guthrie, Lawrence, Longstreth, Marshall, Miller, Pasdon, M. Poling, Poore, Raines, Rowan, P. Smith, Sobonya, Staggers, Storch and Sumner)

Honoring the West Virginia Women's Commission and designating March 5, 2013 as "Women's Day at the West Virginia Legislature".
   Whereas, On July 9, 1977, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 1378, creating the West Virginia Women's Commission to encourage study and review of the needs of women in the state; and
   Whereas, The commission consisted of eleven commissioners appointed by the Governor to serve as liaisons between the women of the state and the employee's of the commission, and seven ex- officio commissioners representing various state government offices; and
   Whereas, Today, thirty-six years after the commission's inception, its mission has continued to move forward through advocacy, education and research; and
   Whereas, The commissioners and staff continue the mission of the commission through advocacy for issues of importance to women and families of our State; through continued research into what women need and want in the areas of public policy and programs; and through updating the 2002 Status of West Virginia Women with the help of the Institute for Women's Policy Research and several partner organizations; and
   Whereas, The commission has continued its history of honoring women across the state through "Celebrating a Legacy of Women in Public Service" during Women's History Month; the education of women and legislators during the Annual Women's Day at the Legislature, including a second day of workshops; completing an annual policy statement highlighting legislation of importance to women and families; an Annual Women's Equality Day Celebration commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution; and through programs and collaborations with partners organizations that allow women the opportunity to participate in learning experiences through workshops focused on citizen advocacy; and
   Whereas, The women of West Virginia are gathered today to celebrate and commemorate the 36th year of the West Virginia Women's Commission and continue to "be the change we wish to see" in their communities and their state; therefore, be it
   Resolved by the House of Delegates:
   That the House hereby designates March 5, 2013, as Women's Day at the West Virginia Legislature; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the House hereby honors the West Virginia Women's Commission members and staff on March 5, 2013, for their contributions to our State; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates invites all citizens of West Virginia to join in recognizing this day as Women's Day at the West Virginia Legislature, and encourages all women to become involved in local and state government, and to work toward continuing to make a difference in the lives of future generations of West Virginians; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the West Virginia Women's Commission.
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