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Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor Presents Women’s History Month Convocation Address

March 31, 2009

Ohio State Auditor Mary Taylor provided the 2009 Women's History Month keynote address.Ohio State Auditor, Mary Taylor, presented the Women’s History Month convocation speech at Mount Union College on Tuesday, March 31.

Many of history’s outstanding women were underpaid and undervalued.  Yet, Taylor explained that by following different paths of public service, these ordinary women have made monumental contributions, and without knowing their achievements, it would be impossible to teach history.

“I started on the path I expected to follow,” Taylor said.  “I had no pursuit of a state-elected position.  Fortunately, I had role models who taught me what it takes to achieve.”

Taylor began her career in public service as a city councilwoman in Green, Ohio.  She also became the first certified public accountant to serve as Ohio’s auditor of state, and she served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives on the House of Finance, Ways and Means and the Education committee. 

“It was when my purpose became clear that I had an ‘ah hah’ moment,” Taylor said.  “I knew I could make a difference by working for the advantages of women.  I pushed for flexible work schedules to better meet the demands of the family.  Then, in 2005, I became aware of the Coingate Scandal and I knew something had to be done.  That was my second ‘ah hah’ moment.”

Among her various achievements, Taylor continues to pursue the advantages of women and gender equality by increasing women’s economic growth.  She explained that this month’s celebration will continue as the public service and path to achievement has just begun.

“I feel blessed to have been elected as the watchdog of taxpayer dollars,” Taylor said.  “I am proud to be making a difference in the lives of 11.4 million Ohioans every day.”

This event was sponsored by the Gender Studies Program and the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service.

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