Senate approves Emmons resolution celebrating women in public office

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution sponsored by Sen. Judy Emmons proclaiming March 19 as Celebrating Women in Public Office Day.

“March is Women’s History Month, and there is no better time to celebrate the service of women in public office and the significant contributions they have made to our state and nation,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Women bring new perspectives and experiences to public service, and it is important that we continue to encourage more women to get involved and consider seeking elected office.

“Although women serving in the Michigan House and Senate only currently represent about 25 percent of the Legislature, it is more than four times the number of women legislators who served in 1975.”

Senate Resolution 140 says that the recognition of women in public office will bring awareness to the fundamental necessity of their work and will inspire other young women to serve their communities.

Emmons was recently appointed to serve as a 2018 Michigan state director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). In this role, Emmons is responsible for collaborating with other elected women in Michigan to ensure all women in public office have the support, knowledge and resources to be successful.