Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims March as Women’s History Month This Year Recognizes Women’s Achievements at Work


In honor of women pioneers and entrepreneurs across the state, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed March as Women’s History Month. This year’s theme, “Recognizing the Contributions of Women at Work,” salutes the many North Carolina women who have paved the way for others in the workforce and in our communities. 

“Women’s History Month is an important opportunity to pause and recognize the trailblazing North Carolina women who have helped shape our history and are shaping our future,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m proud to honor the contribution of women to our workplaces and our communities.”

Department of Administration Secretary Machelle Sanders said it is imperative that we recognize the achievements of women at work and find ways to continue to increase diversity and inclusion within the workforce.

“Today we are faced with solving complex problems for the diverse population of our state,” Sanders said. “We must bring all varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the table to help our people, our businesses and our state succeed.” 

For more than 50 years, the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement has advocated for women across the state. Through outreach and advocacy, the Council continues to be an influence on advancing and protecting the rights of women, and providing a voice to issues affecting them while recognizing their many achievements along the way. 

The Council’s Executive Director, Mary V. Williams Stover, said while progress is continually being made, there is still work to be done. 

“The Council’s vision is for North Carolina to be the best state for quality of life for women.” Williams -Stover said. “According to early results from the Status of Women in NC research that the Council will release in May, our state is making progress in some areas of employment and earnings, yet there is still much room for improvement.” 

Governor Cooper and his administration are committed to fostering an inclusive government that works for all people and that looks like the people of our state. This month and throughout the year, the State of North Carolina is proud to recognize women for their contributions to our state and nation, and to encourage people to learn more about the impact women have made and continue to make on North Carolina.

Click here to read Gov. Cooper’s proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month. 

Click here to learn about Women’s History Month events taking place across North Carolina.