The Kings County Board of Supervisors recognized March as Women’s History Month last week with a presentation to recognize women leaders in history and to honor local women leaders.
The Board of Supervisors also adopted a Resolution recognizing March 2018 as Women’s History Month in Kings County.
The annual observance of National Women’s History week was declared in a presidential Proclamation by President Carter in 1980 and was declared National Women’s History Month by Congress in 1987 as an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions women have made to our nation, and to honor those who blazed trails for women’s empowerment and equality. Women’s history takes a new look at all that has gone before and tells the story of our shared past from a different perspective, not rewriting history, but presenting and expanding a version of history that recognizes and honors the accomplishments of women.
Women have been on the forefront of many groundbreaking ideas in science, technology, and have improved our daily lives. Including Stephanie Kwolek, Katharine Blodgett, Caresse Crosby, Margaret Knight, Nancy Johnson, Grace Hopper and pioneers including Dr. Sally Ride, Elizabeth Blackwell, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, and Sandra Day O’Conner among other women leaders who have opened doors for others.
Local area women leaders who were recognized last week by the Supervisors include Corcoran City Councilmembers Jeanette Zamora-Bragg and Pat Nolen and Board of Education for Area 2 representative and Corcoran resident Mary Gonzales-Gomez. Other women who were honored include the following:
Barbi Brokhoff – Child Support Director
Sanja Bugay – Human Services Agency Director
Rebecca Campbell- County Administrative Officer
Colleen Carlson – County Counsel
Kristine Lee–County Assessor/Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters
Dr. Lisa Lewis – Behavioral Health Director
Natalie Rencher – Library Director
Leslie McCormick-Wilson – Human Resources Director
Catherine Venturella – Clerk to the Board
Kelly Zuniga – Chief Probation Officer
Rosa Moreno – Avenal City Council member
Glenda Woolley – Avenal City Council member
Melissa Whitten – Avenal City Manager
Holly Andrade Blair – Lemoore City Council member
Marlene “Mickey” Thayer – Board of Education Area 1 Representative
Donna Clemmons – Armona Community Services District Board member
Janalee White – Home Garden Community Services District Board member
Sheila Cox – Home Garden Community Services District Board member
Silvia Maldonado – Kettleman City Community Services District Board member
Rosa Maldonado – Kettleman City Community Services District Office Manager
–Those women who were recognized but not able to attend included:
Alene Taylor – first and only (so far) woman elected to the Kings County Board of Supervisors, she represented District 5, served from 1997-2009
Rebecca Valenzuela – Director of Finance
Sue Sorenson – Hanford City Council member
Diane Sharp – Hanford City Council member
Sarah De La Paz- Kettleman City Community Services District Board member.