WHEREAS women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of Arlington County, Virginia, our nation and the global community; and
WHEREAS these contributions have been critical to the growth and development of our economy, our cultural and artistic achievements, our social advancement, and all areas of accomplishment; and
WHEREAS 2014 marks the 166th anniversary of the Women’s Rights Movement, which served as the impetus by which many women’s rights were secured: the right to vote, the right to reproductive freedom, the right to equal opportunity in education, improved employment rights and representation; increased awareness of women’s health issues and improved access to health care; and increasing representation as public officials in all levels of government; and
WHEREAS despite the innumerable contributions women have made and continue to make, too little is taught or known about the enormous impact women have on our collective national history and on the success we all enjoy in the present day; and
WHEREAS each year since 1986, the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women has celebrated the many outstanding accomplishments of Arlington women by recognizing “women of vision”;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Fisette, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby recognize Atima Omara Alwala, Lucy Bowen McCauley, Deborah Tompkins Johnson and Marjorie Signer as the 2014 Arlington Women of Vision, and encourage all residents to join me in honoring our history and celebrating the contributions of all women.