The Leon-Guerrero Administration held a proclimation signing earlier today honoring Women’s history month.
PNC’s Destiny Cruz has this story.
The theme for this year’s women’s history month is “providing healing, promoting hope,” which, according to the National Women’s History Alliance, is a tribute to the work of caregivers and frontline workers. Moreover, the theme recognizes how women from all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history.
Jayne Flores, Director of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and the Administrator for the governor’s outreach federal programs, explained that women’s history month is a significant celebration in Guam, as CHamoru culture is matrilineal. Flores further added that this year’s theme represents how Guam’s community stands on the shoulders of its women in many aspects.
In a virtual proclamation signing held by Governor Leon Guerrero, Dr. Oliva Cruz, Guam’s first CHamoru woman medical doctor, whose unfortunate passing was announced earlier, was among the significant women recognized for her embodiment of providing healing and promoting hope to Guam’s community.
Dr. Cruz earned praise for her academic research in 1962 and went on to join the 8% of women who graduated from a medical school in the U.S.
Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio acknowledged Dr. Cruz’s impact on his family in his kind sentiments.
Shortly after, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero echoed the lieutenant governor by sharing her fond memories working with the late doctor.
Among other things, Dr. Cruz leaves a legacy of empathy and passion for her advocacy regarding more accessible and affordable health care for Guam’s people.