COLUMBUS—State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) testified Wednesday in the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor committee on Senate Bill 81, legislation that would create a license plate honoring women veterans. The Senator was approached by the Women Veterans Advisory Committee earlier this year and asked to sponsor a bill that would recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by women in our U.S armed forces.

“Women veterans deserve recognition for revolutionizing and changing the landscape of the United States’ military,” said Senator Williams. “With every passing day, there is a new and enthusiastic group of young women who enlist with the same determination and courage that our current women veterans possess along with those who severed before them.”

As a veteran herself, Senator Williams strongly supports the creation of a license plate that would simply read ‘Women Veteran” across the bottom the license plate.   

“Women who have served and those currently serving in our armed forces have been met with all types of obstacles and barriers, but we continue to overcome adversity,” Senator Williams said. “This license plate designation is a way to honor the legacy, as well as the proud and distinguished service of women.”

The bill will allow any woman who is a retired or honorably discharged veteran of any branch of the armed forces of the United States to apply to the registrar for the registration of any vehicle the woman owns or leases and the issuance of “Women Veterans” license plates.

The number of women veterans serving our country has grown significantly over the last several years. Today, women are estimated to comprise 20 percent of new recruits, 14 percent of the current military, and approximately 8 percent of the entire veteran population according to the United States Department of Labor.

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