March 6, 2019

Women’s History Month – March 2019

On Monday, March 4th, the Spokane City Council presented YWCA Spokane Lead CSO Advocate and Therapist, Jessica Sams, with a proclamation declaring March as Women’s History Month.

This proclamation was signed by Mayor David Condon to officially recognize this historic month. City Councilwoman and YWCA Spokane Board Member, Kate Burke, delivered the proclamation, saying:

“Whereas since the founding of our nation, women have played an integral part to the American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children, and providing leadership in their local communities. Whereas women have spurred change in our community, overcome adversity, and lead the charge for a fairer, more inclusive society, especially in the enrichment of the Spokane business environment, by strengthening and promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and leadership.”

See the video of City Councilwoman Kate Burke presenting this proclamation and Jessica Sams sharing some words about YWCA Spokane’s mission in partnership with Spokane City Council’s honor below:

We are grateful to the Spokane City Council for providing YWCA Spokane the honor of receiving this historic proclamation on behalf of our city. See the full City Council meeting here.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

To honor this historic month, consider attending one or more of the events listed below.

YWCA Spokane Lead CSO Advocate and Therapist, Jessica Sams, with the Women’s History Month Proclamation.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this display explores the sometimes-complex history of the amendment’s ratification, women’s voting rights before and after ratification, and the 19th amendment’s impact today.

  • Date: Friday, March 8, 2019, through Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Time: Library Hours
  • Location: Spokane North Library
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and library hours, visit
  • Brought to you by National Archives Display and Hemmingson Philanthropy.


International Women’s Day- March 9th

Please join YWCA Spokane at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 9, 2019! YWCA Spokane Staff Members will be present for tabling in addition to assistance with planning the event. There will be speakers, workshops, tabling, and food available to highlight the incredible work women do all over the world every day.

  • Date: March 9th, 2019
  • Time: 12:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Spokane Community College Lair Student Center, 1810 N Greene St
  • For more information, visit our webpage.

International Women’s Day –Health, Spa, and Beauty Expo

Women’s Resource Fair, Networking & More, sip and shop

  • Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Silver Lake Mall, Couer d’Alene, ID
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, email or call 509.928.9664.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Documentary

Watch a compelling documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014). She was a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. This documentary sheds light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos, and her own words.

  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:55 pm
  • Location: South Hill, 3324 S Perry Street
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, visit their website.
  • In collaboration with the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art

Coiled and twined basketry and beaded hats, pouches, bags, dolls, horse regalia, baby boards, and dresses alongside vintage
photos of Plateau women wearing or alongside their traditional, handmade clothing and objects, with works by Leanne Campbell, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull and Bernadine Phillips.

  • Dates: August 2018 through December 2019
  • Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave
  • Cost: $10.00 adult, $8.00 seniors, $5.00 children ages 6-17, $8.00 college students with ID.
  • For more information visit their website or call 509.456.3931


By: Olivia Moorer

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