As Seattle is about to elect its second woman mayor, I got curious about the history of women holding elected offices in our state. The history below is directly from the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
In 1854, the Washington Territorial Legislature defeated a women’s suffrage bill by one vote. If it had passed, Washington would have been the first American legislature to give women the vote. Instead Wyoming received that honor in 1869. Women received the vote in Washington State in 1910, only the fifth
state to do so. Statewide, in every county, the vote was 2 to 1 in favor
of women having the vote.
Washington’s first senator was Reba Hurn, who served from 1923 to 1931. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Hurn was a former high school teacher and lawyer.
Seattle’s Bertha K. Landes was the first female mayor of a major American city. In 1924, Landes, republican city council president at the time, became acting mayor of Seattle. Two years later she was elected mayor in her own right in a campaign run by women and with the slogan “municipal housekeeping.” She lost her bid for a second full term. Bertha has her own Facebook page!
Washington’s first female governor was Dixy Lee Ray, a marine biologist who served from 1977-1981. Her 1976 campaign slogan was “Little lady takes on big boys.”
Washington elected its first female US senator, Patty Murray in 1992. Murray started her career as a teacher, then served on Shoreline’s school board and in the State Senate. In 2001, Murray became the first woman to serve as chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
From 1993 to 2004 Washington led the nation in the percentage of elected women to the state legislature. In 1999 and 2000, Washington set a record for highest percentage to date: 40.8 percent.
The first female Washington State Supreme Court Justice was Carolyn Dimmick. Dimmick first became a state court judge on the Northeast District Court. She then became a superior court judge of King County Superior Court and later a Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. Dimmick then became a judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, later serving as chief judge.
The first woman was hired by the Seattle Police Department in 1893. Sue Rahr became King County’s first female Sheriff in 2005.
In 1924 the first two women were elected to the Seattle City Council: Kathryn Miracle and Bertha Knight.
Seattle Women’s Commission formed in 1970.
The first two women to serve in the Washington State Legislature were Frances C. Axtell from Bellingham and Nena J. Croake from Tacoma. Both were elected in 1912 to the State House of Representatives.
Guest blog post written by social media volunteer, Melissa.
Thanks to Macklemore’s hit song Thrift Shop, thrift stores have become more popular than ever for people looking for “authentic” vintage apparel. While this might be the case for hipsters and millennials the thrift store is also a destination of necessity for many of America’s working-class.
This was not, however, always the case. Prior to the early 20th century, second hand/consignment goods were often considered sullied and unwholesome. It wasn’t until 1902 when Reverend Edgar J. Helms founded what is now known as Goodwill Industries, did thrift stores see a rise in popularity and necessity among the American people.
Thrift stores and consignment shops have continued to gain favor in this retail centric world. According to the National Association of Resale Professionals, the number of thrift stores, consignment shops, and other retailers selling second-hand merchandise has increased 7% in each of the past two years. And approximately 16-18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store in a given year.
So why have thrift shops continued to boom? Turns out Gen Y realized spending $50 on a TopShop t-shirt wasn’t too smart if you’re burdened with huge student loans and an awful job market. While the youth generation may have turned to thrift shops out of necessity, they’ve helped reshape the American view on thrift shops to what is now considered sensible and even cool. And as Macklemore would say, “I wear your granddad’s clothes, damn right I look incredible.”
So why should you shop at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop?
1. You’ll find a bargain
You probably already guessed this, with “thrift” being in our name. What you might not know is that each month select colored tagged items go on sale. For the month of August you’ll find green tagged items 75% off and red tagged items 50% off. Each month we also do a drawing for a $35 gift certificate. Stop by to be entered to win. This month we’re also celebrating National Thrift Store Day. All items in the store will be 50-75% off on August 17. Now that’s a bargain!
2. We’re all volunteer run
Everyone who contributes their time to Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop is a dedicated volunteer who wants to give back to their community. And we’re always looking for new volunteers to join us! Interested? Discover the possibilities of volunteering here: http://www.ecathriftshop.org/volunteers.html
3. We always have new items
We’re constantly getting in new items. What’s here today could be gone tomorrow and tomorrow will have a whole bunch of new items. Our ever changing inventory means you’ll find plenty of one-of-a-kind items to complete that special outfit, retro dinner set, or living room gallery wall.
4. We give back to the local community
Since January 2017 we’ve donated $131,000 to local non-profits. From arts to housing, children and youth services to education, and domestic violence prevention to recreation, we support a wide variety of non-profits. Check out all of our grant recipients here: http://www.ecathriftshop.org/recipients.html
Whether you’re looking for a bargain, a vintage jacket, or an item to repurpose for your living room, stop by Eastside Community Aid Thrift Store. While we have bargains all year long, we’re having a huge celebration on August 17 for National Thrift Shop Day. We can’t wait to see what treasures you’ll discover!
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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