Mayor Larry Morrissey proclaimed March as YWCA of Rockford Month, in honor of Womens History Month and the contributions of the YWCA in the fight to eliminate racism and empower women.
Morrissey recognized that American women have played, and continue to play, a critical economic, cultural and social role in every sphere of life of the nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home.
In addition, it was noted that 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 especially the peace movement, which creates a more fair and just society for all.
Despite these contributions, Morrissey noted that the role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American history.
Morrissey called upon all citizens to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities that highlight and honor the myriad contributions of American women.
The YWCA of Rockford is honored by this proclamation, and appreciates Mayor Morrisseys observance of Womens History Month, said YWCA Executive Director Kris Kieper.
For more information about the YWCA of Rockford, go to www.ywca-rockford.org or call 815-968-9681.
From the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue