Celebrating Women’s History in a meaningful way

City Council members Blondell Reynolds Brown, Curtis Jones Jr. and Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez took out time to honor a host of sheroes from across the city, “women of moxie” whose leadership in private, public and nonprofit sectors is helping to move the needle to a better quality of life for all who live and work here: Tina Sloan GreenClarena Tolson, Katherine Gajewski,  Yvonne RobertsIrene Hannan, Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Vanessa Fields, Kathy BlackEvelyn Marcha-Hidalgo and Sophie Bryan 

Mayor Nutter signs a bill asking voters to create a  permanent Philadelphia Commission for Women.

Mayor Nutter signs a bill asking voters to create a permanent Philadelphia Commission for Women.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown makes a last-minute edit to her prepared comments during a Women's History Month program at City Hall.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown makes a last-minute edit to her prepared comments during a Women’s History Month program at City Hall.

Mayor Nutter, City Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez join a host of women who testified on behalf of creating a new Commission for Women.

Mayor Nutter, City Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez join a host of women who testified on behalf of creating a new Commission for Women, including PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau and Commissioner Shalimar Thomas.

The Women’s History Month program also featured an important part two: the enactment of legislation that will move the city a step closer to reintroducing a Commission for Women. Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed Bill No. 140230, allowing voters in the Mayor 19 primary election to decide whether to update the city’s charter and make such a commission a permanent feature of municipal government. PCHR testified in favor of this action in February.

Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson, PCHR Deputy Director Pamela Gwaltney and City Councilman Blondell Reynolds Brown share a moment of celebration and sisterhood.

Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson, PCHR Deputy Director Pamela Gwaltney and City Councilman Blondell Reynolds Brown share a moment of celebration and sisterhood.

With issues ranging from pay equity to human trafficking to cyclical poverty, there is cause and need for a set of thinkers and doers to focus on real solutions, Reynolds Brown reminded the audience. Nutter said he signed the legislation in honor of his grandmother, his mother, his sister, his wife and, “for the future, my daughter Olivia.”

And once the question goes on the ballot, Nutter said, “The answer should be ‘Yes.'”

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