LAUREL HILL — City leaders have unanimously approved a motion to recognize March as Women's History Month.
Mayor Robby Adams signed a proclamation that dedicates March to American women whose contributions made strides for today's workforce.
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The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women has worked with municipalities for four years to put such proclamations into effect, Valerie McLaughlin, OCCSW's commissioner chair, said.
It is crucial for women to continue showing growth and strength in the workforce, Laurel Hill City Clerk Nita Miller said.
"I believe that we have a responsibility to continue that cycle and to do our part to encourage the careers and development of the next generation of women leaders,” she said. “As a woman pursuing my career, I benefited greatly from the example set by many impressive women, such as Faye Lundy ─retired manager of Auburn Water System ─but none more so than my mother."
Council member Betty Williamson spoke highly of former Mayor Joan Smith.
"She was very beneficial to the city," Williamson said. "She knew who to contact in Tallahassee and which county (officials) to contact in Crestview."