Stillwater Mayor Nathan Bates recently proclaimed March as Women's History Month and March 21 as Outstanding Women of the Year Day. You can watch Carey Warner with the Cimarron Chapter of Oklahoma Business Women, Inc. receive the proclamation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqStbCQcqk
Here is the wording of the proclamation:
PROCLAMATION by the Mayor and the City Council of Stillwater, Oklahoma recognizing the month of March as “Women’s History Month” and naming March 21, 2010 as “Outstanding Women of the Year” day.
WHEREAS, Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our community in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.
WHEREAS, Women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of the life of our community by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside the home.
WHEREAS, Women have played a unique role throughout history by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force. Women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions.
WHEREAS, Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement in our city, state and nation.
WHEREAS, Women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which creates a more fair and just society for all; and
WHEREAS, the Stillwater City Council and the Mayor of Stillwater join with the Cimarron Business Women in recognizing the roles and contributions of women in the community of Stillwater.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Stillwater City Council and the Mayor of Stillwater hereby officially recognize March as “Women’s History Month” and March 21, 2010 as “Outstanding Women of the Year” day.
Well done, ladies. Other Oklahoma women's clubs -- how about using the above as a guide and asking YOUR city to do a similar proclamation?!