Catherine Barja, first woman elected to Tampa City Council, honored for Women's History Month

03/19/13 Seán Kinane
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Tampa celebrated Women’s History Month Tuesday morning at the Tampa Convention Center.

Catherine Barja, who was the first woman elected to Tampa City Council, was awarded the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award.

Emcee Erica Riggins, a Bay News 9 anchor, noted some recent achievements of women.

"Since last year's celebration women have achieved many significan firsts. Among them the first two women inducted into the Augusta National Golf Club, also women held the pole position, this is recently, at the Daytona 500 for the very first time, that's recent news and women now hold a record 100 seats in Congress. We also mourn the passing of Cecille Waterman Essrig and yes, that is...absolutely. Cecille Waterman Essrig, she was elected in 1967 to the Hillsborough County School Board. She served 21 years to this region. 21 years, she was the first woman elected to a major political office in Hillsborough County, a round of applause for her family so that we can show them how much we appreciated her work while she was with us."

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