By Bryan Boggiano
Members of the city commission took time at their Wednesday meeting to discuss Women’s History Month, calling for gender equality and highlighting the women who live and work in Coral Springs.
Observed annually each March, Women’s History Month celebrates the historical contributions of women.
The commission spoke about women in history, women in their families, and women who work for the city, with Commissioner Shawn Cerra applauding City Clerk Debra Thomas.
Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons said that he had spent his life surrounded by strong women, including his wife, two daughters, and his mother, who raised him as a single mom.
“I am always in awe of the strength and power of women,” he said. “Every day, I get to see how they interact with the world, and as a man, I know that we can continue to be allies in helping women have all the rights and equality to be on an equal footing, if not better footing, than men.”
He said that today, it is important to advocate for women’s issues such as anatomical independence and pay equity, so that future generations of women can have equality.
“I want my daughters to grow up in a world where they are paid well, where they feel safe…,” he said. “I want to make sure that my daughters feel that they have the strength and every opportunity available to them to live the life they deserve.”
Vice Mayor Simmons also spoke about the importance of uplifting his colleagues, including Commissioners Nancy Metayer and Joy Carter.
Metayer said that the month is meant to reflect on women’s accomplishments throughout history and their contributions to building the city and the country, even in the face of adversity.
“This Women’s History Month, I want to amplify and honor the caregivers, the frontline workers, trans women, and those working tirelessly to ensure we have full autonomy of our bodies,” she said. “We’ve come a long way, but we have so many barriers and hurdles left to overcome.”
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