March Proclaimed Women’s History Month

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Guam – The month of March will be an opportunity to celebrate women’s historic achievements.

[Caption: Pictured from left to right is Acting Governor Ray Tenorio, Acting Lieutenant Governor Benjamin J. Cruz, Department of Labor Director Leah Beth Naholowaa, and Acting Governor Tenorio’s wife, Attorney Naoko Shimizu. March 2011 was declared “Women’s History Month” in a proclamation signing today, March 1, 2011 in the Governor’s Large Conference Room, Adelup]

Acting Governor Ray Tenorio and Acting Lieutenant Governor Benjamin J. Cruz today signed a proclamation to declare the month of March 2011 as “Women’s History Month.”

“I am extremely proud to recognize and honor the many contributions women have made in our society. I commend them for their continued commitment in making our island a better and safe place to live,” said Acting Governor Tenorio.

According to the proclamation, “Women constitute a significant portion of the labor force. Our island also has many women who have volunteered to serve in the military. Women’s History Month is also a time to celebrate these women for their courage and invaluable contributions to keep Guam safe and to allow us to live in freedom.”

Following the proclamation signing, women gathered at the Government House for a luncheon. Several women from many organizations under the Guam Council of the Women’s Club, as well as the women members of all military forces were present. Attorney Naoko Shimizu, wife of Acting Governor Tenorio, delivered welcoming remarks.

“This is a time for reflecting on those women who have sacrificed and stood for change to create a better life for all,” she said. “Many of us would not have the rights and privileges that we have today if it were not for our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and those before them — who fought for rights, recognition and equality for all.”