Resolution J632-2013

Congratulating Debra Kolsrud for her skillfully worded theme to be used in conjunction with the celebration of the 2013 National Women's History Month

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating  Debra Kolsrud of Johnstown, New
York, for her skillfully worded theme to be used in conjunction with the
celebration of the 2013 National Women's History Month

WHEREAS, In the course of the evolving development of this Empire State,
when the ingredients of shared concern and responsive  endeavor  combine
in  commitment  to community, there emerge among the distinguished citi-
zenry of the State of New York, certain individuals who warrant  special
recognition; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  congratu-
late  Debra  Kolsrud  of  Johnstown, New York, for her skillfully worded
theme to be used  in  conjunction  with  the  celebration  of  the  2013
National Women's History Month; and
  WHEREAS, March is National Women's History Month, and Friday, March 8,
2013, is International Women's Day; and
  WHEREAS, Each year New York State officially sets aside time to recog-
nize the unique contributions women have made to New York and its socie-
ty and is particularly pleased to recognize The National Women's History
Project and Debra Kolsrud for producing its theme; and
  WHEREAS,  The  theme for National Women's History Month 2013 is: Women
Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in  Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and
  WHEREAS,  Debra Kolsrud is one of three original incorporators for the
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA)  of  Johnstown,  New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded  in  2008,  this  vital  organization  educates  and
promotes Elizabeth Cady Stanton's legacy of advocating equal rights  for
women of all ages; and
  WHEREAS, Debra Kolsrud served as ECSHA's first Chairwoman from 2009 to
2011;  she  spent  her career as an educator and is currently an adjunct
faculty member at Fulton-Montgomery Community College  teaching  courses
in the English department; and
  WHEREAS,  In  July  of  2008,  Debra  Kolsrud moved from California to
Johnstown, New York, after purchasing the historic Colonial-style  home,
built in 1798, known locally as Mrs. Henry's Boarding House; and
  WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Henry's Boarding House is where Susan B. Anthony lived
while she and Johnstown native, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were writing the
third volume of the HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE in 1884; and
  WHEREAS, Both women worked in the home writing that volume, with Susan
B. Anthony living at the boarding  house,  and  Elizabeth  Cady  Stanton
residing nearby at her sister's home; and
  WHEREAS, Today, it is the only property in Johnstown, New York, with a
direct  link  to both of these remarkable women; with a large plaque out
front which describes the significance of the residence,  this  Colonial
house  remains a private residence which Debra Kolsrud is in the process
of restoring; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan  B.  Anthony,
both  of  whom led the campaign for women's suffrage, New York State has
been the home of many extraordinary women who  have  led  society  to  a
better  future:  Sojourner  Truth spoke out for the abolition of slavery
and for suffrage for women; suffragist Carrie Chapman  Catt  became  the
first  president  of the League of Women Voters; Emma Willard opened the
first endowed institution for the education of women; Civil War  surgeon
Dr.    Mary  E. Walker was the only woman ever awarded the Congressional
Medal of Honor; Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist  who  led  slaves  to
freedom  by way of the Underground Railroad; in the 19th Century, Eliza-

beth Blackwell and Belva Lockwood were the first women in the fields  of
medicine  and  law; pioneer birth control educator and advocate Margaret
Sanger established a research center in  New  York  City;  Emma  Goldman
founded the Free Speech League which led to the American Civil Liberties
Union;  humanitarian  Eleanor Roosevelt served as United States Delegate
to the United Nations; civil rights lawyer and New  York  State  Senator
Constance  Baker  Motley became the first black woman to sit on the U.S.
District Court in New York, and so many more known and unknown women who
championed rights and opportunity for all; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that  when  indi-
viduals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate  Debra  Kolsrud  of Johnstown, New York, for her skillfully
worded theme to be used in conjunction with the celebration of the  2013
National Women's History Month; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Debra Kolsrud.

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