Women’s History Month

By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” This year we honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.

 (The National Women’s History Alliance website)

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”


National Archives https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/womens-history

Exhibit Opening in 2019“Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment by looking beyond suffrage parades and protests to the often overlooked story behind this landmark moment in American history. This fuller retelling of the struggle for women’s voting rights illustrates the dynamic involvement of American women across the spectrum of race, ethnicity and class to reveal what it really takes to win the vote for one-half of the people.

A day of love and mourning

It is sad that Valentine’s Day – a day dedicated to love – is also a day that symbolizes the tragedy of gun violence in our country. As students and families in Parkland, Florida, remember the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago, we call for policies that could prevent more gun-related tragedies. Gun rights come with responsibilities for keeping guns out of the hands of people – including children – who could harm themselves or others. See our Highlights video on Gun Safety and the legislation the Oregon League is supporting this year HB 2505, HB 2251 and SB 501).

LOVE THE LEAGUE!

On Valentine’s Day, the League of Women Voters turns 99. Help us celebrate this really big birthday! During the month of February, consider making a gift of $20 – to honor 1920, the year we began – or a gift of $99 to honor our work empowering voters and defending democracy. You can donate through Facebook. Or click on one of the Donate buttons on the right.
Please send us some birthday love. Gifts of any size will help us make democracy work right here in Multnomah County through our fiercely non-partisan, proudly grassroots action. THANK YOU!

February 12 Panel Discussion – video playback

Rights for Working Women

Fairness, Equality, Safety

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7 – 8:30 PM, Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

MetroEast Video Recording Replay Schedule on Public Access stations

The video recording will be available on our YouTube channel and posted on this website on or before February 23.

What is the status of working women in the second decade of the 21st Century? What has changed and what progress is still needed? For years, women have asked for equal pay for equal work, help with childcare and family leave, opportunities for jobs and for advancement in fields that men dominate, and safe workplaces, free from discrimination and harassment. Many women—particularly women of color—still face daunting obstacles to equal opportunities. What can be done and what is being done to level the playing field?

These questions and others were addressed by our panel, including:

  • Moderator: Emily Evans, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
  • Lili Hoag, Political Director, Family Forward of Oregon
  • Patricia Weekley, Director of Equity, Inclusion & Sanctuary, Morrison Child and Family Services
  • Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity, Portland Business Alliance

Unfortunately, Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, was unable to participate on the panel, due to unsafe travel conditions on February 12.

About our programs

The League of Women Voters Civic Education programs are free and open to the public. Programs are designed to inform our community about relevant issues. Please join us for this discussion, and plan to join us for the next program in this Tuesday evening series.

• March 12, 2019 – Climate Justice: How do the impacts of climate change affect different communities?             

MetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from www.lwvpdx.org.  The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation and the Multnomah Bar Foundation provide funding for the recording through grants.

Parking is available on the street. The Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne is easily accessed by public transportation, TriMet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, and the Portland Streetcar