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I’m honored to stand with my fellow commissioners in celebrating Women’s History Month. Given the theme of this year’s national celebration, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” I would like to express my gratitude for the women who work for the City of Portland and who, by their example, encourage future generations of women to engage in the public process and serve their community.
Last year, I attended the City’s “Wonder Woman Awards” and was inspired to learn more about the City of Portland employees who were nominated by their coworkers who stand out as role models, mentors, and are “generally exceptional employees.” For the public, the face of the City is often the commissioners and bureau directors, but that event gave me the opportunity to meet the exceptional employees who frequently work behind the scenes and without whom we wouldn’t be the “City that Works.”
Justice Sotomayor once said that “It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.” Women have shaped the history of this country just as much as men and it’s important for all of us, not just women, to honor and remember women’s roles. Justice Sotomayor is the perfect example of the essential leadership of women in our country and while I try to honor City employees as often as I can, this month gives me the opportunity to take a moment and truly thank the exceptional employees, mentors and women at the City.