R 101
2017 -- H 5880
Enacted 03/08/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Morgan, Ruggiero, Williams, and
Date Introduced: March 08, 2017

     WHEREAS, Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic
contributions to the growth and strength of our State and Nation in countless recorded and
unrecorded ways; and
     WHEREAS, Women have played and continue to play critical economic, cultural, and
social roles in every sphere of life in Rhode Island by constituting a significant portion of the
labor force working inside and outside of the home; and
     WHEREAS, Women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable,
philanthropic, and cultural institutions in our State; and
     WHEREAS, Women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders
in the forefront of every major social change movement and have served our country
courageously in all branches of the military and public safety; and
     WHEREAS, 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 fairer and just society for all; and
     WHEREAS, Despite these contributions, the role of women has been consistently
overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and the study of American history; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of March, 2017, to be "Women's History
Month" in recognition of the many contributions of women; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House, in keeping with the National Women's History Month
focus, has also adopted the theme "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."
Rhode Island women have defied the social mores of their times by demonstrating their abilities
to create organizations and establish businesses that paved the way for generations of women
labor and business leaders to follow.