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First Lady Glenna Fletcher Recognizes The “Unbridled Spirit” In Kentucky Women

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 17, 2005  
Contact Information:  Dottie Persinger

FRANKFORT, Ky.:  More than 250 women from across the commonwealth gathered to hear Honorary Chair First Lady Glenna Fletcher speak during opening remarks today at the 2005 Women’s Economic Summit at the Frankfort Convention Center.

“Women in Kentucky are making great strides in cracking the glass ceiling, and it’s largely because of the unconquerable and unbridled spirit of Kentucky women,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. “Everywhere you turn, you will find accomplished women who are participating in the system as never before and having an unprecedented impact in business, education, government and in many other fields.”

The First Lady referred to magnificent women who helped shape and lead Kentucky going back to the frontier days. Legacies of brave women such as Ora Porter, an African-American who became Bowling Green’s first registered nurse in 1894; and Mary Elliott Flanery, who became the first woman elected to the Kentucky Legislature in 1921, were just a few women referenced.

“I’m thrilled to see that women are in the forefront of the movement, their leadership, talent and vision is being utilized as never before,” Mrs. Fletcher said.

The 2005 Women’s Economic Summit is a two-day conference sponsored by the Kentucky Commission on Women. It includes many notable speakers from state government, universities and national associations.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher is committed to working with the issues she feels will make a difference in the lives of Kentucky families. The health of Kentuckians and the education of our children are two of her primary focuses. Get Healthy Kentucky!, Read to Achieve, Go Red for Women and the Celebrate Your Birthday with a Mammogram are just a few of many initiatives the First Lady supports. Join her to work together to make Kentucky a better place to live and raise a family—to improve literacy rates, our health statistics and continue our rich heritage for future generations of Kentuckians. For more information about the First Lady and the programs she supports, visit her web site at