In commemorating Women’s History Month at the March 20th Special Presentations, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough said, “I’m excited to recognize some phenomenal women in the community. March is Women’s History Month and it’s only fitting that we recognize some leading ladies in our community — women who have been very impactful in our community.”
Councilwoman Fairclough said, “I would like to honor the contributions of local women leaders who contribute to our wonderful and diverse community.” She called each woman to the front of the Council Chambers and presented them with a bouquet of red roses and baby’s breath.
Individuals recognized included:
- Kerry Black, CEO, South Dade Chamber of Commerce
- Pastor Kay Dawson, Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Praise and President of the Miami Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
- Nancy Garcia, Chairwoman, City of Homestead Education Advisory Committee
- Bishop Irene Staggers Harris, Senior Pastor, Greater St. Matthew Holiness Church and President of Southeast Dade Ministerial Alliance
- Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, President of Miami Dade College, Homestead Campus
- Yvonne Knowles, Executive Director, Homestead Main Street
- Audelia Martinez, Chief Financial Officer, Le Jardin, Inc.
- Sue Newman, Real Estate Associate, The Keyes Company, and Board Member, This Is For The Kids, Inc.
- Janie Olivera, Assistant to State Representative Kionne L. McGhee
- Homestead Councilwoman Jenifer N. Bailey
- Allyson Love, City of Homestead Assistant City Manager
- Cate McCaffrey, City of Homestead Assistant City Manager
- Elizabeth Sewell, City of Homestead City Clerk
- Katherine Demeritte, Director of HPS Customer Service
- Barbara Quinones, Director of HPS Energy
- Chanae L. Wood, Esq., Associate at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, PL
- Kametra Driver, Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency Director
- Vivian Mañach, City of Homestead Human Resources Director
About Women’s History Month:
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.