Women’s History Month


[Editor Note: In honor of Women’s History Month, Pierce County Councilmembers Jani Hitchen and Amy Cruver prepared two proclamations for the March 9th, 2021 meeting. The following is from Councilmember Cruver, photos from editor, Marianne Lincoln.[

The first proclamation brings attention to March as Women’s History Month and was read by myself and Jani Hitchen, the Council’s two female members.

Through this designation, Council showcased the contribution of women as leaders locally, nationally and internationally and highlighted the unique role women played throughout history both by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force, and through their role in establishing early charitable, philanthropic and cultural institutions in America. The proclamation also recognized last year’s 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote.

[Featured Speakers included Cynthia Stewart from the League of Women Voters, Marianne Lincoln, who organized the 100th Annivery of Suffrage at the DeVoe Mansion, and Cheryl Teifke, owner of the DeVoe Mansion, home of local national suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe.]

The second proclamation passed celebrated five Pierce County young women who achieved a once-in-a-lifetime milestone of being part of the inaugural class of female scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

The women include:

  • Allie Smith
  • Colleen Fanning (District 3 resident)
  • Mackenzie Ward
  • Amy Miseli
  • Kaitlin Riggan

This historic accomplishment demonstrates the commitment these young women hold to better their communities, their servant leadership and their embodiment of the values of Scouting, including truth, honor, partnership, critical thinking, planning, respect and hard work.

Congratulations to all these young women, and specifically Colleen Fanning, who lives in District 3 and who constructed a bench for the Tunnel of Trees in Steilacoom, providing a place to take a break after hiking through the area as her Eagle Scout project.


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