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by Mary

Pamela Gunderson Miller

December 10, 2010 in 1960s-1970s, Political history, Social history

Pamela Gunderson Miller was born in 1938.  She was originally part of the feminist movement in California but then came to Kentucky to become politically active in the 1970s.  She joined the Kentucky WPC , the ERA alliance, and the pro-choice groups in 1972.  She was an advocate for women’s rights all over the country but focused on Kentucky.

Miller became the first women elected to public office in Lexington, KY in 1973 she served as a member of the city council.  In 1993 she was elected as the first woman mayor in the combined city-county government.  She also was a speaker at the “Take back the Night Rallies” from 1991 to 1998.

The “Take back the Night Rallies” are still present today in Lexington, they are rallies where individuals speak out against sexual violence against women.  These have been present for 33 years now and have been a great way to get the message across to the city about sexual violence and the effects it has not only on the victim but also on the community as whole.  The marches this last year had different sites which included the Patterson Office Tower plaza at the University of Kentucky, the parking lot of 3rd Street Stuff on Limestone, and Triangle Park.

I believe that Miller had a very positive effect on the Lexington community and should be recognized for her support against women’s violence and the women’s movement in the 1970s.

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