(By Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Stollings, Yost, D. Hall, Jenkins, Laird, Snyder, McCabe, Prezioso, Green, Plymale, Williams and Fitzsimmons)

Designating March 6, 2013, as "Women's Day" at the Legislature.
     Whereas, The West Virginia Women's Commission is celebrating thirty-six years of promoting the status and empowerment of all West Virginia women through advocacy, research, education and consensus building; and
     Whereas, The West Virginia Women's Commission strives to foster women's economic, political, educational and social development to ensure their full participation in society and to recognize their achievements; and
     Whereas, The West Virginia Women's Commission
has continued their history of honoring women across the state through programs such as Celebrating a Legacy of Women in Public Service during Women's History Month, educating women and legislators during our annual Women's Day at the Legislature by reinstating a second day of workshops, completing an annual policy statement highlighting legislation of importance to women and families, and by recognizing the annual Women's Equality Day Celebration commemorating the passage of the 19th amendment ; and
     Whereas, Through the West Virginia Women's Commission's programs and collaborations with partner organizations, women shall have the opportunity to participate in learning experiences through workshops focused on citizen advocacy; and    
     Whereas, West Virginia citizens are proud of the accomplishments and achievements of women in our state, both in the private and public sectors, and appreciates their many contributions to our communities as they continue to advance in leadership roles in our society; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates March 6, 2013
, as "Women's Day" at the Legislature; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Senate expresses its sincere appreciation to women for the many contributions they make to the State of West Virginia in all facets of our society; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials with the West Virginia Women's Commission.