Tampa will celebrate Women's History on March 19

03/08/13 Seán Kinane
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The City of Tampa will celebrate Women’s History Month on March 19 at the Tampa Convention Center from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern recognized the Women’s History Month Committee and their incoming chair, Jillian Howard.

"During Women's History Month we recognize the national theme: Women inspiring innovation through imagination. Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tampa strives to be a place of growth for female entrepreneurs, students, and seasoned professionals alike in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic stem fields. In recognition of women's progress in historically male dominated fields we honor the generation of women who use their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the world. The members of the Tampa City Council are proud to recognize the City of Tampa's Women's History Month celebration on March 19, 2013 and to congratulate Catherine Barhoff, the first woman elected to the Tampa City Council as the Josephine Howard Stafford memorial award recipient. I think I need a bottle of water like Marco Rubio. I'm happy to have with me here today the committee for the Women's History Month celebration. Jillian Howard, Janette Fenton, and Aquinetta Grant and very happy to present this commendation to you."

"Good morning council chairman and members. I am Jillian Howard, the incoming chairwoman for the Women's History Month committee. To insure that the history of American women is recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country March is designated as National Women's History Month. This year the national theme is "women inspriring innovation through imagination." Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is on behalf of this year's committee and chairwoman, Aquinetta Grant and Janette Larutha Fenton that I extend this invitation for our 17th annual celebration on March 19th from 10:30 til 11:30 AM in Ballroom D of the Tampa Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sharona Ross, director of minimally invasive surgery and surgical endoscopy, and founder and director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Women in Surgery Initiative. Bay News 9's morning anchor, Erica Riggins who has a degree in mechanical engineering, will be our mistress of ceremonies. To keep with the theme of women in stems there will be a robotic's exhibit by the nationally acclaimed Middleton High School robotics team headed by Kathleen Ferricks. As a tribute to Josephine Howard Stafford, the former Assistant City Attorney who dedicated 24 years to the city of Tampa and who was a pioneer for women professionally and communally, we honor a current or former city of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding committment to her position and to the community. This year the recipient of the Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award will be Katherine Barja, the first woman elected to the Tampa City Council. Additionally we are pleased to once again be collaborating with Macdill Air Force Base and recognizing a military and civilian female employee from the 6th Air Mobility Wing. We thank councilwoman Mary Mulhern for her participation in this program and recognize councilwomen Mulhern, Capin and Montelione as honorary chairs."

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My Mothers name is spelled Catherine Barja