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Women At The Capitol Event Recap


On April 13, 2023, the Washington State Women’s Commission partnered with the Center for Women and Democracy and the KD Hall Foundation to host "Women at the Capitol" - an event to amplify and celebrate women's leadership in Washington. In addition to attendees local to Olympia, we were joined by attendees who traveled by bus from Seattle, including girls and young women participating in KD Hall Foundation's Girls On The Rise program.

Photo credit: Vikki Chang

Tour of the Capitol

The day started with a tour of the capitol building, where attendees watched both the House and the Senate in session.

Afternoon Tea with the Supreme Court Justices

From there, State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti hosted a "Bubble Tea with the Supreme Court Justices". Treasurer Pellicciotti, State Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez and State Supreme Court Justice Debra L. Stephens spoke with attendees about the work they do, and answered questions from guests.

Evening Reception with Elected and Appointed Women Leaders at the Governor's Mansion

The night ended with an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion, where guests heard from and spoke with Governor Jay Inslee, First Lady Trudy Inslee, and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins. At the reception, the Center for Women and Democracy presented awards to nine women who utilize their platforms to fight for the protection and empowerment of women and girls in Washington. The Washington State Women’s Commission is proud that three of our Commissioners were among those awarded.

Award Recipients

Washington State Women’s Commission

Commissioner Rituja Indapure
Commissioner Michelle Merriweather
Commissioner Ann Simons

Washington State House of Representatives

Representative Debra Lekanoff
Representative My-Linh Thai
Representative Tina Orwall

Washington State Senate

Senator Emily Randall
Senator Yasmin Trudeau
Senator Rebecca Saldaña