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Social Workers are in the House (and Senate Too!)

Posted 23 March 2019 by Michael Grignon

Happy social work month to all of our fellow social workers out there.  March is a month to celebrate each other and our accomplishments as a profession.  Everyday social workers are active in promoting social justice and equality in many different arenas, including within our government.  The advocacy committee wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the social workers elected to the US House of Representatives and Senate in 2018:
  • Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37)
  • Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)
We would also like to celebrate our social work heritage by acknowledging some unique past accomplishments of just a few social workers in government.  These forebears have made an impact on the lives of not just social workers, but have shaped our country and our culture today:
  • Jeanette Rankin: 1916, first woman elected to Congress (four years before women had the right to vote)
  • Frances Perkins: 1933, first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet (Secretary of Labor)
  • Harry Hopkins: directed multiple New Deal programs in the early 1930s, later appointed Secretary of Commerce
  • Whitney Young: 1969 received the Medal of Freedom from President Johnson for his work in the Civil Rights Movement (also served in advisory role to presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon)
What is next for social workers in the public policy/ legislative space?  Only time will tell.  The important part is that we continue to make not only our voices heard, but to amplify the voices of so many who are too often unable to make their voice heard.

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