Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Throughout our history, women have worked tirelessly to improve life for not only themselves, but for the equality and opportunity for people of all races, genders, economic and social status; and

Whereas Massachusetts is home to many of these pioneers who shaped American history, including suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, who established the American Woman Suffrage Association in Boston, Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, and Sarah Parker Remond, an African American abolitionist who took the anti-slavery crusade to Great Britain; and

Whereas Abigail Adams, a daughter of Massachusetts, was an advocate for women during the early days of our country. She urged her husband, John, then a member of the Continental Congress, to “remember the ladies, and be more generous and favor able to them than your ancestors”; and

Whereas As the largest and oldest group of volunteers in the Commonwealth, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs was founded by Julia Ward Howe in 1893; and

Whereas We recognize those women of the past, present and future, who have dedicated their lives to active engagement within their local communities,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 2013,  to be, 

Women's History Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth 

William Francis Galvin           
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts