Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-02) released the following statement via video today recognition of Women’s History Month during March of 2013. Congressman Bishop had this to say:
For all Americans, Women’s History Month brings an excellent opportunity to come together to honor the extraordinary contributions women have made throughout our history.
Far and wide, countless women have shaped the course of history and contemporary society. A bit closer to home, the women of the Second Congressional District of Georgia have done well to lead with historic firsts.
Like Alice Coachman, native of Albany, was the first African American woman to win a gold medal, an honor she brought America for the high jump competition during the 1948 Summer Olympic Games held in London, England.
As the First Lady, Rosalynn Carter from Plains focused national attention to advocacy surrounding mental health and the elderly. Today, she serves on the board of directors at the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving located at her alma-mater, Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus.
Nearly 130 years ago, educator Lucy Craft Laney from Macon founded the first school for black boys and girls in Augusta Georgia. And who could forget the Mother of the Blues—Ma Rainey, from Columbus, Georgia.
As of 2012, there were over 204 thousand women serving in the United States Armed Forces on active duty, in the National Guard, and in the reserves—not to mention the millions of women who provide support from military families. Our Nation owes the women of America a great debt of gratitude.
I, for one, am certainly proud of their service.
More and more, women join the ranks of those who dedicate their lives to public service. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with strong female leaders such as Mayor Teresa Tomlinson of Columbus, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard of Albany, county and municipal officials, and my colleagues in the United States House and Senate. Thank you.
From being pioneers in the struggle for suffrage, to fighting economic inequality, to breaking glass ceilings across America, women in our country have, and continue to, overcome barriers that they face in order to reach full equality. Today, teachers and businesswomen and farmers and mayors—women from all walks of life!—better our society here in Georgia, our nation, and across the world.
I would like to give special thanks to all the mothers and grandmothers. Not only do they personally leave an indelible impact on our world, but they also bear and raise our future generations.
It is my sincere hope that during this Women’s History Month, Americans will continue to reflect and celebrate the contributions women have made to our great society. After all, where would the human race be without women?
Thank you and God Bless.