Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Austin’s Women Leaders Celebrate International Women’s Day

On Tuesday, March 8th, the women of the Austin City Council marked International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a ceremony honoring local women leaders in the City Council Chambers. Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter, along with Council Members Natasha Harper-Madison, Vanessa Fuentes, Ann Kitchen, MacKenzie Kelly, Leslie Pool, Paige Ellis, and Kathie Tovo, welcomed over 70 women to City Hall. The event offered a moment to celebrate accomplishments and to reflect on the many challenges women have overcome together the last few years.
“As leaders, as women, we have been in the trenches collaborating in new ways, often virtually,“ remarked Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter, who organized the event. “Thanks to the creativity, ingenuity, and service of these women, our City will recover and emerge more resilient. Today my colleagues and I wanted to express our gratitude in person.”
International Women’s Day calls on us to celebrate women’s achievements and to redouble our efforts to advance gender equality. As Council Member Vanessa Fuentes noted “Representation matters.” In Travis County all of the major elected bodies are majority-female. Representatives from Austin’s state legislative delegation, the Travis County Commissioners Court, the Austin Independent and Del Valle Independent School Boards, Austin Community College, and the judiciary, assembled today with the supermajority female City Council.
Many of the women who run the City including three Assistant City Managers, the City Attorney, the heads of Austin Energy and the airport, numerous department directors, the City Clerk, the City Auditor, and the Municipal Court Clerk, as well as members of the Mayor-Council Staff joined together to celebrate International Women’s Day.
“The International Women’s Day 2022 theme is ‘break the bias’ and I stand with the over 4,200 women of the City of Austin to break biases in our community and workplace to forge a world that is gender equal and where difference is valued and celebrated,” said Assistant City Manager Veronica Briseño.

Mayor Pro Tem Alter concluded the ceremony with a proclamation declaring March 8th as International Women’s Day and March as Women’s History Month in Austin. A luncheon followed.

Video of Proclamation available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f13lw41j1dI

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