Celebrating Women’s History Month

News Release

March 4, 2019

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation recognizing March as Women’s History Month and March 8th as International Women’s Day.

“From the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice to the most women governors of any state in the nation, Arizona boasts a rich history of women leaders and trailblazers,” said Governor Ducey. “This March, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to the prosperity of our state and nation and recognize their strength, resilience and courage.”

View a PDF of the proclamation HERE.

Text of the proclamation can be viewed below.


WHEREAS, women in Arizona’s history, whether American Indian, pioneers, life-long Arizonans, migrants from other states, or immigrants, have transformed the nation as leaders in a wide range of fields including elected and appointed public service, military service, business, education, medicine, the arts, philanthropy, and charitable service; and

WHEREAS, among “the firsts” from Arizona is the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor; first woman state Chief Justice in United States history, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorna Lockwood; one of the first women in the United States elected to a state legislature, Representative Rachel Emma Allen Berry; and

WHEREAS, women from across the United States have contributed to the great achievements and prosperity of our country and these examples of leadership, courage, and determination should be honored and recognized; and

WHEREAS, Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 Congress passed a law which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, every President has issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month;” and

WHEREAS, March 8th marks International Women’s Day on which women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements, and the first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28, 1909.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim March 2019 as


and March 8, 2019, as


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona


DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this first day of March in the year Two Thousand and Nineteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the Two Hundred and Forty-Third.