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March 21, 2024  •  

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Without the contributions and activism of women throughout history, our lives would not look the same today. Social and political milestones helped give women autonomy and more opportunities, including winning the right to vote, access to reproductive healthcare, and women holding leadership positions traditionally reserved for men. Life changing and lifesaving inventions, such as the car heater, feeding tube, and the home security system came from the minds of brilliant women, and who wouldn’t want to live in a world where Taylor Swift is smashing every record in the music industry?

Every March, we celebrate the accomplishments of these women and all the amazing women who came before us with Women’s History Month. The annual observance began as a week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California. In 1978, the Education Task Force of Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned the first Women’s History Week, choosing the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. Women’s History Week soon spread across the country as other communities and groups began hosting their own celebrations.

By February 1980, the week of March 8 was officially declared National Women’s History Week after the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance) advocated for the week’s national recognition. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially designating March as Women’s History Month.

Since then, women have continued to make strides and history in all fields, including politics and government affairs.

According to the Center for American Women in Politics, in 2024:

  • 25% of United States Senators are women.
  • 126 out of 435 seats are held by women in the United States House of Representatives.
  • 12 women are serving as governors.
  • 8% of mayors in United States cities are women.
  • 99 Statewide Elective Executives are women.
  • 2,424 women hold positions in statewide legislatures.

Women have always taken an active role in politics and advocacy, whether they were welcomed and recognized, or not. Some notable women in this arena include:

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton – A women’s rights activist and abolitionist, Stanton, along with several other women, convened the first women’s rights convention in Seneca, New York. At this convention, Stanton shared the Declaration of Sentiments, which called for major reforms to laws and practices that were oppressive to women. She also led the Women’s National Loyal League, which called for immediate emancipation during the Civil War. Additionally, Stanton fought for women’s suffrage through the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
  • Sojourner Truth – In 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Convention in Akron, Sojourner Truth gave her famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, where she demanded equal rights and suffrage for all women, not just white women, and called for intersectionality between abolitionism and women’s suffrage. She spent her life fighting for Civil Rights, continuing to call for abolition, women’s suffrage, and other causes around the country. The bronze bust of Sojourner Truth lies in the United States Capitol Visitor Center, and is the first sculpture there to honor an African American.
  • Anne Wexler – Anne Wexler was the first woman to own a lobbying firm. Wexler started her political career in the 1960s when she served on the Westport Zoning Board of Appeals and worked on the campaigns of John Fitzgerald, Eugene McCarthy, Joseph Duffy, and Jimmy Carter. She also worked in President Carter’s administration. In 1980, she established Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, which took on clients such as General Motors and worked with the Australian government.

While once considered a “good old boys club”, the tides are changing in the field of government relations. In 2023, women made up almost 40% of registered lobbyists. Professional networks such as Black Girl Magic Network, Women in Government Relations (WGR), and Women in Government (WIG) are working to ensure that all women have a seat at the table.

As a proud woman-owned company, State and Federal Communications, Inc. also works to celebrate and elevate women in the government relations industry and in our community. We are long-time supporters of Women in Government, Women in Government Relations, ATHENA Akron, Akron Community Foundation’s Women’s Endowment Fund, and the Sojourner Truth Legacy Plaza in downtown Akron.

In our own company, led by President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, 41% of our team members are women and hold positions in each department. Three of our top leadership positions are held by women: President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, Vice President Amber Fish Linke, Esq., and Senior Advisor Jean Cantrell. Additionally, our Compliance Department is made up of 50% women and our Research Department is 33% women, taking on roles that have traditionally been done by men.

As we observe Women’s History Month, we continue to celebrate the contributions of women before us while making space for all women to succeed in the face of adversity. March may be over soon, but the achievements of powerful and trailblazing women will continue to live on.




Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). 2024. “Women in Elective Office 2024.” New Brunswick, NJ: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. https://cawp.rutgers.edu/facts/current-numbers/women-elective-office-2024 (Accessed March 13, 2024)

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