March was National Women’s Month. We thought, what better way to conclude it than to release a Progress edition with a “Women In The Lead” theme?

Throughout the four sections are influential figures in the tri-state area who have logged countless community contributions.

Although we featured dozens of powerful women recognized throughout our area, there are so many more who could’ve easily been included in the publication.

Many of our writers were penning their final paragraphs in these stories on the week of March 2-8, which was designated National Women’s History Week in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter.

Said Carter: “From the first settlers who came to our shores from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

The 2020 Women’s History Month theme was “Valiant Women of the Vote,” according to womenshistory.org.

One hundred years ago — on Aug. 18, 1920 — the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.

Although absurdly and embarrassingly late for our country, a no-brainer right that seems so simple took America 140-plus years to grant.

Over the last 100 years, we’ve come a long way, but we’re still not where we should strive to be when it comes to equality.

Thank you to all of the strong women in our community for excelling in your role in breaking down barriers. We can’t wait to see what you — and up-and-coming female leaders — accomplish next.

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