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(J.R.H. 164)

Offered by: Representative Voyer of Morristown.

Whereas, 1998 will mark the 150th anniversary of the women's rights movement in the United States, a bold and courageous civil rights movement that began in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, at the first Women's Rights Convention ever held, and

Whereas, the Declaration of Sentiments issued by that convention represents a work as fundamental to our nation's commitment to liberty and personal freedom as does our Declaration of Independence, and

Whereas, that declaration launched a movement that has irrevocably changed this nation and the hopes of its women, and

Whereas, the resulting women's rights movement has had a profound impact on all aspects of American life, and has opened new and well-deserved opportunities for women in all fields of endeavor, and

Whereas, despite this century-and-a-half effort now spanning seven generations of unceasing work to achieve equality for fully half the American population, the 21st century will find an ever-increasing need for both women and men to share in the fundamental responsibilities for our national life and the blessings that must result from full and equal participation in society, and

Whereas, the National Order of Women Legislators, established in 1938, was formed not long after women's suffrage was added to the United States Constitution as the 19th Amendment, and

Whereas, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc., and the National Order of Women Legislators honors women legislators in 1998 for 60 years of remarkable leadership in all 50 states, and

Whereas, during this special 60th anniversary year, Senator Nancy Chard of Vermont has the great honor and distinction of serving as President-elect of the National Foundation for Women Legislators' Inc., and

Whereas, not only have women won the right to vote, they are being elected to publicoffice at all levels of government, and

Whereas, it is the strongly-held belief of the Vermont General Assembly that, while much remains to be accomplished, the women's rights movement has been tremendously successful in changing the status of women in the country, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the National Order of Women Legislators as it celebrates its 60th anniversary of leadership and commitment to women in public service and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc. in Washington, D.C.