We take for granted in many ways that women are now well represented and achieve in all spheres of life. So much has changed in the last few decades; however, there is still much more to do.
As I reflect on National Women’s History Month, which occurs every March and which we proclaimed here in King County as well, I thought it would be a good chance to share a video of the Women’s History Month Forum I hosted a few weeks ago here at the King County Courthouse. This was the second annual forum at King County I’ve hosted since joining the Council in January, 2016, and it was a joy to engage with an exceptionally accomplished panel of women about what we’ve achieved and what still must come.
Participating in the panel were Joanne Harrell, Senior Director of U.S. Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft; Eunice How, Organizer at UNITE HERE; Dominique Stephens, former City of Seattle LGBTQ Commissioner, and Board member of Equal Rights Washington, Coalition of Immigrants, and Refugees and Communities of Color; and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO/Executive Director of MomsRising.
Approaching this issue through an intersectional lens with a group of diverse perspectives lead to a productive conversation about how we can open, knock down, and walk through doors together as women of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and abilities.
I encourage you to watch the video here, and remember that women face these issues not just one month out of the year, but every day.