GREENSBORO, N.C. — We are strong. We are invisible. We are women!

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed March as Women’s History Month. Women make up more than 51-percent of the population in North Carolina and serve as leaders in our communities.

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He signed a proclamation declaring the special month to honor women in our state.

“Women have made invaluable contributions in every field, from medicine and technology to government and public policy,” Gov. Cooper said. “This month, we salute the visionary women of our history and the many women still working to make our state a better place to live and work.”

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Gov. Cooper said the state of North Carolina is proud to recognize the role of women across our state’s history.

Women make up 57-percent of North Carolina’s labor force and an increasing number of employed women in our state are in managerial and professional occupations.

“Women’s History Month is a great time to remember that ensuring equal pay for equal work, providing workplace policies that support pregnant women and families, and expanding Medicaid and access to healthcare aren’t just women’s issues,” said Secretary Machelle Sanders of the Department of Administration. “These are critical measures that impact women, families, communities and the economy—these are issues that affect the whole state.”

The month of March also begins a yearlong celebration entitled, “She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

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Josephine Boyd
Josephine Boyd receiving her high school diploma. Courtesy: Carol W. Martin/Greensboro History Museum Collection.
Courtesy Carol W. Martin/Greensboro History Museum Collection.

On Saturday, women’s history will come to life at the Greensboro History Museum. Costumed interpreters will portray historic Greensboro women including Josephine Boyd, Nancy Mangum, and Frances Jones Bonner among others. The program is free and great for all ages. It takes place Saturday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Greensboro History Museum located at 130 Summit Avenue in Greensboro.