The City Council approved a resolution marking March 19 as “Celebrating Women in Public Office Day.”
“Recognizing women in public office will bring awareness to the fundamental necessity of their work and will inspire other young people to serve their communities,” said City Council President Todd A. McGee, who proposed and read the resolution Tuesday at City Hall. (see below)
The Council approved the resolution by voice vote.
The resolution was to honor, in particular, councilors Jossie M. Valentin, Linda L. Vacon, Rebecca Lisi and Gladys Lebron-Martinez and City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee, the president’s wife, along with City Treasurer Sandra A. Smith and School Committee members Erin Brunelle, Mildred Lefebvre, Rosalee Tensley Williams and Irene Feliciano-Sims, McGee said.
McGee also said after the meeting that he has been influenced in his time in office by former councilor Patricia C. Devine and former mayor Elaine A. Pluta.
According to the National Foundation for Women Legislators, “The purpose of this proclamation is to recognize the hard work of elected women that often goes unnoticed, recognizing these dedicated women break down barriers every day in addition to their regular workload.”