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SAN ANTONIO (November 13, 2020) – Last night, the National Foundation for Women Legislators held the annual Women of Excellence Award Ceremony on a virtual platform to honor this year’s recipients. Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia was one of 33 awardees from across the country. State representative Donna Howard was the other honoree representing the state of Texas.
The Elected Women of Excellence Award was established in 2013 as part of the NFWL’s 75th anniversary celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the nation. This award was created to identify elected women who have worked tirelessly to serve their communities while overcoming challenges and shattering barriers often faced by women.
Since 2013, only four other elected officials representing the state of Texas have received this prestigious honor. Each year, the foundation welcomes nominations for this award that recognizes the accomplishments and passion of women legislators from serving at the state, county and municipal levels of government.
Last year, the National Foundation for Women Legislators held its annual conference in San Antonio bringing together more than 100 elected women from across the country. These ladies took part in a series of sessions designed to be an avenue where they could share ideas, experiences, and network.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Although we know this constitutional amendment did not include all women and the disenfranchisement of Black, indigenous, and people of color persisted for decades, the National Foundation for Women Legislators recognizes the need to increase the number of women running for office and serving as elected officials
According to the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for American Women and Politics in Rutgers University, women made up 3% of the U.S. Congress and only 7% of statewide elective executive offices were held by women in 1971. As of 2019, women make up 23.7% of the U.S. congress, 29.3% of statewide elective offices and 28.9% of state legislatures.
Among the 100 largest American cities, 27 had women mayors in 2019. Although the proportion of women in state legislatures and other levels of government have increased over the years, there are still barriers and obstacles women face when running and serving in elected office.