President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. Seven years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History Month.
The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) traditionally used National Women’s History Month to honor women of the past. However, this year, KCW sought nominations from around the state to honor the women of the present shaping women of the future. These women serve as mentors and role models, positively influencing the lives of women and girls alike. Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, once said, “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.” In other words, the efforts we put into the women and girls today will reflect in tomorrow’s history.
The recipients of the award embody the full characteristics of selflessness in their dedication to helping others. KCW will recognize their efforts and contributions on a variety of social and public media outlets throughout the month of March. Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton will also recognize them at an upcoming event later this year.
Lindy Karns, Lexington
Duanne Puckett, Shelbyville
Dr. Carolyn Sundy, Cumberland
Marlana Pressley-Wallace, Lexington