SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus, commemorates Women's History Month, celebrating the achievements women have made in California and nationwide. She also makes a special acknowledgment to the inaugural Breaking the Glass Ceiling award winners, who were honored on Monday by the Women's Caucus on the Assembly floor for their special achievements in science, art, law and government, civil rights and other fields.
This week's English radio address is 2:40. mp3
"Hello, I'm Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus. This month, communities across the state and the nation are celebrating Women's History Month.
You know, women have been leaders in every movement for social change, including their own movement for suffrage and equal rights, the fight for emancipation, the struggle to improve working conditions, and the civil rights movement, as well as leading the call for peace and organizing to preserve the environment.
We have been among the pioneers in science and technology, the arts and education. However, as recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness.
In 1977, the silence that had existed for centuries began to change. And, as with so many good things, it started in California.
The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first "Women's History Week". The movement soon went national, with President Carter issuing the first presidential proclamation declaring National Women's History Week in 1980.
Out of humble beginnings it has grown into celebrations of National Women's History MONTH supported and encouraged by resolutions from governors, legislatures, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.
Just this past week, the Assembly honored eleven women who have broken barriers. They have been the pioneers in science, civil rights, the arts, education, our armed forces, our courts and government.
In each of our honorees, we see what makes California great – we see the California spirit that lives in all of us. Its' a fire that can't be extinguished – it drives our quest for knowledge and understanding, for justice and for equality.
Throughout the month of March, we celebrate the achievements of women, we strive towards equity and we highlight the work that remains.
I'm Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. Thank you for listening."
Website of Assemblymember Lowenthal: www.asmdc.org/Lowenthal
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