Sedona, AZ – Today, Tom O’Halleran hailed the establishment of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument. The Monument commemorates the location where in 1945, Alice Paul rewrote the the Equal Rights Amendment.
"The establishment of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument is an important step in recognizing the efforts of women to obtain equal rights,” said O’Halleran. "The monument is an appropriate tribute to the women’s right movement, and Arizona’s important role in that struggle".
The official proclamation notes that Alice Paul was “the most prominent figure in the final phase of the battle for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1920, granting women the right to vote. The monument is a tribute to the struggles of women over the years to seek equal rights."
Living in Arizona’s First District for over two decades, Tom has committed himself to improving the lives of others. In 1966 he joined the Chicago Police Department where he was an officer and one of the youngest homicide investigators in the city’s history. In 1979 Tom became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) where he opened up his own business and served two terms on the board of directors. Tom is a past member of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse, Arizona, and was a founding member of Arizona’s Children’s Caucus at the legislature. Tom continued his commitment to public service during his eight years in the Arizona legislature where he built a reputation for taking on tough challenges despite the political consequences. After serving his constituents in the legislature, Tom maintained his commitment to protecting Arizona’s natural beauty as the President of Keep Sedona Beautiful and as a Chairperson on the Verde River Basin Partnership.