International Women’s Day, tracking COVID variants, post-vaccination instructions, the Council this week, including our first COVID budget of the year...

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March 8, 2021


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today is International Women’s Day, a commemoration that originated more than 100 years ago.  While many women have at certain points made great strides over the last century, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the many inequities that still remain between men and women, in particular working women, mothers and women of color.

A recent study on the impacts of the pandemic on COVID-19 health care workers worldwide found that 70% of them are women.  Since the start of the pandemic in the United States, nearly three million women have left the workforce, far more than the number of men.  Women still do the majority of the housework and child care and the impact is even greater on women of color.

For more on the importance of this year’s International Women’s Day, you may be interested in reading the statement from the United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General.  This year’s theme is  “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” which celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.  You may also be interested in this news coverage from NPR: Biden establishes a gender policy council within the White House.  Biden also reversed a controversial rule on campus sexual assault and harassment issued under President Trump.

A related Save the Date:  My annual Women’s History Month Program will be held this year on Monday, March 29th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Zoom. Stay tuned for information on the panel.  And the Council will take up its annual Women’s History Month proclamation at the Council meeting next Tuesday, March 16th at 1 p.m.

In today’s edition, we look at the new variants that are spreading, post-vaccination instructions, action at the Council this week and more. 

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.

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