L.A. Unified Board supports Women’s History Month

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2016) – The Board of Education today approved a resolution that celebrates Women’s History Month in March.

The board, which voted unanimously to approve the measure, encourages the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District to inspire more learning in schools about female contributions to American society.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Board Members Mónica García and Mónica Ratliff. Also, Board Vice President Dr. George McKenna and Dr. Ref Rodriguez signed on.

“Women are the backbone of our families, our communities, and our schools,” Dr. McKenna said. “Too often, women in the workforce are taken for granted. Celebrating March as Women’s History Month is part of our ongoing salute.”

Board Member García added: “Women have always been leaders in the educational justice movement, from our daughters, mothers, sisters, and aunts, to grandmothers and role models who understand our struggle. We celebrate the courageous spirit of mujeres campeonas everywhere!”

Board Member Ratliff said, “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to co-sponsor this important resolution. Recognizing and celebrating the successes and contributions that women have made – in the face of many challenges, some of which still exist – will ensure that all youth are inspired to pursue their dreams.”

The resolution recognizes the “significant contributions” of females across society, of every race, class, and ethnic background. Women also have been at the forefront of every major progressive social change movement, such as industrial labor, civil rights and peace. This has led to a “more fair and just society for all,” the resolution said.

The District recently made history in January by hiring Michelle King as superintendent. She is the first woman in more than 80 years – and the first African-American woman –
to lead the nation’s second-largest school district.

But most women still struggle for equality in the workplace. A recent study from the Center for American Progress shows that nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. The same report also cites the average woman is paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. For black and Latina women, the wages are much lower.

The resolution calls for spreading greater awareness of female achievement and their contributions to society. For those reasons, the District celebrates March as Women’s History Month.
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