Women’s Equality Day, one week to free transit fares for youth, youth and recreational sports funding, a van for Small Faces, North Seattle College affordable housing, Elections Department nationally recognized, speaking to delegation from India on gender-based violence and human trafficking, and much more…

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August 26, 2022


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today is the 102nd Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment “granting” women the right to vote (but didn’t they win it?). However, women of color were not granted that same right until many years later. While it is true that we now have the same right as men to vote in our elections – it’s still challenging for many to vote given the hurdles and other challenges being placed in their way in some states. And then we have the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, not having to do with voting but certainly with what were formerly our Constitutional rights. But today is a day to reflect on the trailblazers and fighters who got us to this point and to be inspired by their courage so we can continue our fight for equality.

Fact! Women in Washington State won the right to vote 10 years before the adoption of the 19th Amendment. It was the fifth state in the nation to do so. But not women of color till later.

And read below for what’s happening with Covid and Monkeypox as well as on an exciting and important change in transit access for all youth 18 years and younger.

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 jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov.  

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.