RALEIGH — Judge Valerie Zachary of the Court of Appeals delivered remarks before a capacity crowd at the Governor’s Mansion on the success of women in politics throughout history.
Beginning with women’s suffrage, Zachary went on to list many firsts, from the first woman elected to Congress (1916, Jeannette Rankin, R-MT), to the first Latina woman elected to Congress (1989, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to the first African-American woman appointed to serve as U.S. Secretary of State (President George Bush, R-TX, 2004, Dr. Condoleezza Rice).
Governor Pat McCrory’s history of appointing women also was noted, including his appointment of three women to the NC Court of Appeals. One of the women appointed by McCrory is Zachary, who is serving on the Court.
“Governor McCrory has shown a strong desire to include women in his administration and in other service to this state,” stated Zachary. “I am privileged to be among the women appointed by him.”