File #: Res 0056-2002    Version: * Name: Women's History Month, March 2002
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 2/27/2002
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing the month of March 2002 as Women's History Month and encouraging all New Yorkers to observe this occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Sponsors: Gifford Miller, Tracy L. Boyland, Maria Baez, Yvette D. Clarke, Joel Rivera, Bill Perkins, Madeline T. Provenzano, Helen D. Foster, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., James E. Davis, Robert Jackson, Allan W. Jennings, Jr., Melinda R. Katz, Michael E. McMahon, Philip Reed, Angel Rodriguez, Helen Sears, Albert Vann, Gale A. Brewer, Martin J. Golden, James F. Gennaro, Christine C. Quinn, Larry B. Seabrook
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting - 2/27
Res. No. 56 Title Resolution recognizing the month of March 2002 as Women's History Month and encouraging all New Yorkers to observe this occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Body By The Speaker (Council Member Miller), Council Members Boyland, Baez, Clarke, Rivera, Perkins, Provenzano, Foster, Comrie, Davis, Jackson, Jennings, Katz, McMahon, Reed, Rodriguez, Sears, Vann, Brewer and Golden; also Council Members Gennaro, Quinn and Seabrook Whereas, The 20th Century was the breakthrough century for women's rights, achievement and progress around the world, building upon the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, which was the advent of the modern Women's Rights Movement, and indeed tracing back a much longer lineage to such exemplars and crusaders for women's rights as Anne Hutchinson and Abigail Adams; and Whereas, The recognition of Women's History month began with a respect and appreciation for women's achievements throughout the world, in a true effort of international sisterhood; and Whereas, The role of women not only in their own struggle for equality under law and in the society, but in other crucial progressive reforms such as the civil rights movement, the labor movement, the consumer-rights movement, the human rights movement and others must be recognized and respected; and Whereas. Women of every race, class, ethnic background and sexual orientation have critical roles in every aspect of the life of this nation, state and city; and Whereas, Great attention must be paid to women's health issues, with an emphasis placed on prevention, including mammography screenings for breast cancer and widespread and comprehensive education programs; and Whereas, The 20th Century has brought women into the highest levels of government, as Justices of the United States Supreme Court, as members of the Cabinet, as Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, and as legislators and leaders in every facet of state and local government; and Whereas, At the turn of the 19th Century, women were laced into corsets, had a life expectancy of just 51 years and strictly curtailed legal rights, and now command space missions, work on a par in the business world with men, set policy in government leadership positions and have rightfully come to expect equal opportunity and recognition for their daughters and granddaughters; and Whereas, Women continue to break through barriers, as recently exemplified by the awarding of the first Olympic gold medal to an African American woman in a winter Olympic sport; and Whereas, There is now greater attention paid to women's health, legal rights in the workplace, and economic equality, manifested in such efforts as the Breast Health Awareness Month, which has brought much-needed awareness to the issue of women's health; and Whereas, With the new century, we as a City, a nation and a people must take on the challenges that still remain, so that everyone can live in a world free of inequality and injustice, and so that every person can fulfill their greatest potential and become their best selves; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes the month of March, 2002 as Women's History Month and encourages all New Yorkers to observe the occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.