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Douglasville, Ga. - During the Board of Commission meeting on March 19, 2019, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed March as Women's History Month in Douglas County, encouraging all citizens to recognize the many contributions that women have made to Douglas County and the United States of America.
Douglas County Chamber President and CEO Sara Ray presented and read the proclamation before the Board of Commissioners. "Throughout history, women have provided the majority of the volunteer labor force of the nation and were important in the early establishments of charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions," Ray said. "Women have bravely served our country in the military, and have acted as early leaders at the beginning of every significant progressive social change movement."
The proclamation goes on to read American women secured their rights of suffrage and equal opportunity and were also leaders in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements. They primarily played a role in the peace movement to create a more fair and just society for all.
While women have made many contributions to the history of America, they are consistently overlooked and undervalued in the literature, teaching, and study of American History. In numerous recorded and unrecorded ways American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation. They have played and continue to play vital economic, cultural, and social roles in every part of our nation's life by making up a large portion of the labor force working both inside and outside of the home.
The proclamation reads in part; therefore, March will now be dedicated to both past and present American women of every race, class, and ethnic background for the contributions they have made to help grow and strengthen our Nation.
For more information, you can contact Rick Martin, Director of Douglas County Communications and Community Relations Department at 770-920-7303.
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