Frankfort, KY-- The Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) celebrated an important milestone this week: its 40th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a proclamation declaring 2004 the Commission’s 40th Anniversary.
“As Governor, my top priority is to create more opportunities for each and every Kentuckian,” said Governor Fletcher. “The Kentucky Commission on Women has been working diligently to ensure that women in our Commonwealth are provided with the knowledge and support they need to better their lives.”
“I am thrilled with the progress the Kentucky Commission on Women has made in the first year of the administration,” added First Lady Glenna Fletcher, who also serves as a board member to the commission. “I am confident that within the next few years we will further improve the well being of women and families in our state.”
“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Fletcher, we continue the good work of the Commission and are actively engaged, in a variety of projects, that will enhance the quality of life for Kentucky’s women and girls,” said KCW Executive Director Glenda R. Woods.
In response to President John F. Kennedy’s creation of a commission on the Status of Women, a Kentucky commission was created in April 1964 to study and report on the status of women in the Commonwealth. The findings demonstrated a pronounced need for a permanent agency to promote the improvement of women’s status, and in November 1968, Governor Nunn signed the executive order establishing the Kentucky Commission on Women.
Currently, the Commission is partnering with various groups to conduct regional meetings in each of Kentucky’s 15 area development districts. Women from across the Commonwealth are given the opportunity to voice their opinions and prioritize recommendations stemming from the 2003 Task Force Report on The Economic Status of Kentucky’s Women.
In addition, the 2005 Women’s Economic Summit was also announced this week. For more details on the Commission and the 2005 Women’s Economic Summit, please visit www.women.ky.gov.