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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Zamarripa, C. Taylor, Subeck,
Sinicki, Anderson, Billings, Bowen, Brostoff, Cabrera, Considine,
Crowley, Emerson, Hebl, Hesselbein, B. Meyers, Milroy, Neubauer,
Ohnstad, Pope, Sargent, Shankland, Spreitzer, Stubbs, Tusler, Vining,
Goyke, Vruwink, Fields, Riemer and McGuire, cosponsored by Senators
Johnson, Schachtner, L. Taylor, Bernier, Bewley, Larson, Ringhand,
Risser, Shilling and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR153,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming March 2020 as women's history month.
AJR153,1,42 Whereas, American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have
3made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless
4recorded and unrecorded ways; and
AJR153,1,75 Whereas, American women have played, and continue to play, a critical
6economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of life and constitute a significant
7portion of the labor force working inside and outside the home; and
AJR153,1,98 Whereas, American women have played a unique role throughout the history
9of the nation by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force; and
AJR153,1,1110 Whereas, American women were particularly important in the establishment
11of early philanthropic and cultural institutions in our nation; and
AJR153,2,212 Whereas, American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own
13rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the
14emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement,

1and the peace movement, all of which have created a fairer and more just society for
2all; and
AJR153,2,43 Whereas, in 1925, not one but three women were the first female assembly
4representatives to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature; and
AJR153,2,85 Whereas, Assembly Representative Mildred Barber, a Republican teacher,
6Assembly Representative Helen Brooks, a Republican teacher, and Assembly
7Representative Helen Thompson, a Republican teacher and hotel keeper, paved the
8way for other female leaders to hold legislative positions in Wisconsin; and
AJR153,2,109 Whereas, Democrat Marcia P. Coggs was elected to the state assembly in 1977,
10becoming the first African American woman to serve in the assembly; and
AJR153,2,1211 Whereas, in 1978, Democrat Vel Phillips became the first African American
12woman elected to statewide office as secretary of state; and
AJR153,2,1413 Whereas, Democrat Gwen Moore, elected in 1992, became the first African
14American woman elected to the state senate; and
AJR153,2,1615 Whereas, in 2014, Republican Pat Strachota became the first woman to serve
16as assembly majority leader; and
AJR153,2,1917 Whereas, in 1985, Senator Susan Engeleiter became the first Republican
18woman to be senate minority leader, and she was the youngest woman ever elected
19to the Wisconsin Legislature; and
AJR153,2,2420 Whereas, in 2003, Senator Mary Panzer became the first Republican woman to
21be senate majority leader, and in 2005, Senator Judith Robson became the first
22Democratic woman to be senate minority leader and, in 2007, became the first
23Democratic woman to be senate majority leader, making them the highest-ranking
24women legislators; and
1Whereas, Margaret Farrow was the first Republican woman to be lieutenant
2governor and Barbara Lawton was the first Democratic woman to be lieutenant
3governor in Wisconsin's history; and
AJR153,3,54 Whereas, in 1996 Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson became the first woman to
5serve as chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court; and
AJR153,3,86 Whereas, Democrat Tammy Baldwin became the first woman in the history of
7Wisconsin to be elected to the United States Senate and the first openly LGBTQ
8person to serve in the United States Senate; and
AJR153,3,119 Whereas, the role of American women continues to evolve and their positive
10contributions to our culture, society, and government continue to grow and inspire
11future generations; now, therefore, be it
AJR153,3,13 12Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the month of March
132020 shall be designated as “Women's History Month."
AJR153,3,1414 (End)