(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Mahan, Brown, Staton, Amores, Michael, Fleischauer, Hatfield, Hrutkay, Leach, Palumbo, Campbell, Swartzmiller, Frich, Webster, Beane, Kominar, Mezzatesta, Pino, Varner, Warner, Anderson, Faircloth, Smirl, Trump, Hall, Calvert, Houston, Poling, Renner, Schoen, Sobonya, Spencer, Sumner, Susman and Yeager)

[Introduced February 11, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

Expressing the ideal of the addition of a woman to the State Seal of West Virginia in recognition of the achievements and endeavors of West Virginia's women.

HEREAS , Since the creation of the State Seal by Joseph Dis Debar in 1863, West Virginia has become prominent largely due to the hard work and sacrifice of both the men and women of West Virginia; and
HEREAS , During the settlement of West Virginia, women played an essential role often laboring together with men in the wilderness, preparing and cultivating farms and protecting their homestead from danger; and
HEREAS , In tribute to the extraordinary performance of women such as; Mary Ingles (one of the first pioneers known to enter West Virginia), Lenna Lowe Yost (one of the leaders of West Virginia's suffrage movement and the first woman to chair a major political party national convention), Elizabeth Kee (the first woman from West Virginia to be elected to the U.S. Congress), and many others, whose gifts to West Virginia helped build a legacy; and
HEREAS , These many achievements of West Virginia women should be honored and remembered in tribute to the hard work and dedication that these women have endured since the inception of this State; and
HEREAS , In pride and accomplishment, with each steady tread the women of West Virginia continue to sow and reap in areas such as government, medicine and public service; and
HEREAS , There is no better way to honor and remember the hard work, accomplishments and sacrifice of West Virginia women than by revising te state seal to include women; and
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby expresses the ideal that an addition of a woman should be incorporated onto the State Seal of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the Secretary of State and the West Virginia Women's Commission.