2018 West Virginia Women’s History Month Kick-off at the Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOAY) – The West Virginia Women’s Commission, along with the Herbert Henderson
Office of Minority Affairs, is hosting a special event at the State Capitol in the Governor’s
Reception Room on Wednesday, March 1, 2018, to commemorate Women’s History Month in
West Virginia. The celebration will include a reading at 10:00 a.m. of the proclamation Governor
Jim Justice issued declaring this month as Women’s History Month in West Virginia.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to honor the many women who played critical and
enduring roles in improving the lives of all West Virginians,” said William White, Executive
Director for the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs. “Throughout our state’s history
women provided unique contributions through individual and collaborative efforts, such as in
human rights, government, science, sports, education, culture, health, journalism, volunteering
and military service.”

The West Virginia Women’s Commission will commemorate Women’s History Month with this
celebration, and also through its continued work to empower women to engage with their
government, to participate in the political process and to tackle the most important social issues
facing women in West Virginia.

“Greater equality in pay, career and educational opportunities, safety, access to health care for
women, and greater representation in the number of women in elected government positions
and on state boards and commissions are just a few of these important issues that the West
Virginia Commission members have identified and are working systematically and collaboratively
to raise awareness in the year ahead,” said Julie Palas, Interim Executive Director for the West
Virginia Women’s Commission.

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