Saying women remain both the foundation and heart of our community, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp recognized March 8th as International Women’s Day.
“Today we celebrate the economic, political, social and artistic achievements of women here in the Virgin Islands and around the world,” the Governor said. “The Mapp-Potter Administration remains committed to overcoming gender discrimination, protecting women from abuse and harassment and taking steps to ensure equal pay and opportunity.”
The Governor said women were an essential and vital part of his upbringing.
“From my maternal Grandmother, my Mom, my more than one dozen aunts and my school teachers – women nurtured me, my siblings and cousins and raised us with high standards and moral character,” he said.
Today, the Mapp-Potter Administration’s Cabinet is comprised of many high achieving, successful and competent women who are working to shape a brighter future for our Territory and our private sector has many more accomplished and successful women who manage, own or operate businesses employing thousands of Virgin Islanders, the Governor noted.
“As this is also Virgin Islands History Month, I would be remiss if I didn’t recall the important roles women played in our emancipation and in the early labor and civil rights movements,” Governor Mapp said. “We will never know if there would have been a Fireburn without the involvement of Queens Mary, Agnes and Mathilda, but we certainly do know that they played a critical role in shaping our history.”
The Governor added that many Virgin Islands matriarchs were deeply involved in the development of the territory’s public sector, to include Lucinda Millin, Ann E. Abramson, Ruby M. Rouss, Edith Williams and many others.
Governor Mapp encouraged all to celebrate the efforts of the women within their workplaces and families. He also noted that women serve as both “moms and dads” in the majority of households in our community.
“I encourage one and all to join me in expressing our appreciation to the many hardworking and talented women of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” he concluded.
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 each year worldwide. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York.