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  • Writer's pictureUna Wirkebau

Women's History Month


March is Women’s History Month – where we celebrate females over the ages who have had a positive effect in the world. Historically, women are not given the credit or worth of their accomplishments in many places around the globe, including here in the United States. If you think about it, we have only been afforded the opportunity to vote for a little over 100 years here in America. Sadly, there are still countries where women do not have this right or have a limited capacity.

All the more reason, to spend the month of March, highlighting women who are making the world a better place to live. Certainly, there are those in numerous positions around the globe who have an incredibly positive impact, women like Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Oprah Winfrey, and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But what about the women in our own communities, those who we see shopping at Safeway, or out to dinner with their friends; the leaders in Northern Arizona who are making an impact, even if not highlighted in the news every day.

People like Coral Evans, the former mayor of Flagstaff, now working for Senator Kelly to ensure our rural communities have a larger voice. What about our own mayor, Roberta Cano – the first native mayor in ALL of Arizona? She is certainly making an impact, causing great transformations within Winslow and beyond, in first year of office. Others who come to mind; Connie Gover, the Superintendent of Schools for Winslow Unified, or Kathleen Smith in Holbrook ensuring development across the county is in everyone’s best interest.

The women mentioned above are integral to our region’s success, but so are countless others, which my short column will not allow enough space to offer a proper shout - out. The numerous ladies who work at our local hospitals and emergency service departments; Linda Kor and Laura Lee Parsons who are out there every day ensuring our region is up to date with news and events. Councilmembers and entrepreneurs, Samantha Crisp and Melissa Nelson, juggling family, business, and community so that their families, neighbors, and colleagues, are represented in a just and equitable fashion.

Who are the women in your life, who are making a difference? We would love to hear their stories – please post comments on FB @WhyNotWinslow or send a short note, and I will do for you.

- Una,

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