Governor’s Proclamation for International Women’s Day 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed today International Women’s Day.

Read the text:

WHEREAS, International Women’s Day celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future. The theme for 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”; and


WHEREAS, Washington state’s women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, emergency responders, caregivers, innovators, community organizers, and in other crucial roles, and have been leaders in the long march towards gender equality; and


WHEREAS, despite many advances, the pandemic has also heightened gender inequality experienced by women, and in 2020, women nationwide had lost a net of 5 .4 million jobs-more than a million more than men; and


WHEREAS, despite many advances, women were already experiencing areas of persistent gender inequality, and women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal treatment and pay; and


WHEREAS, the gender pay gap begins when women enter the workforce and has lasting effects that impact the economic security over a woman’s lifetime through her retirement, specifically in 2018, Washington women working full time were paid just 75.4 percent of median weekly earnings as their male counterparts; and


WHEREAS, fair pay, and telework and affordable child care options help strengthen economic security for women and families and when all Washington’s citizens prosper, the state of Washington’ prospers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2021 as
Women’s Day


in Washington, and I urge all people in our state to join me in this special observance and take a pledge to be a leader in the fight for gender equity.

Signed this day 8th of March 2021

ICSEW Bill Alert: HB 1047 Mandating Coverage for Hearing Instruments

As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that you share opinions in an ethical way, using your own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources.

May 10-16 is Women’s Health Week

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 10-16 2020 as Women’s Health Week.

Women’s Health Week serves as a reminder for women and girls, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19, to make their health a priority and take care of themselves.

Governor’s Proclamation:

WomensHealthWeek2020

Check out some resources on #NationalWomen’s Health Week Here:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/women/nwhw/index.htm

US Department of Health and Human Services: 

https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about

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