By Ralph Schwartz
The opening of the state legislative session this week marks the centennial of women in the state halls of power.
Women got the right to vote in this state in 1910, 10 years before a constitutional amendment made women’s suffrage the law of the nation.
Women were first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1912, taking office in 1913.
The Secretary of State’s office posted a blog entry acknowledging the history of women in state government.
It’s worth noting here that women now make up the majority on the state Supreme Court.
Deborra Garrett was sworn in last week as Whatcom County’s first female Superior Court judge. (On the link, click on the third photo from the left.)
And finally, Kelli Linville has just completed her first year as Bellingham’s first female mayor.