HOOVER – Thursday at the 2018 “Women of Impact” event held at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, Yellowhammer News honored Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama’s second female governor.
Upon accepting the award, Ivey took a few moments to remember the state’s first female governor, Gov. Lurleen Wallace, who also served as the state’s first lady with former Gov. George Wallace.
This evening, I had the privilege of joining my fellow @yhn 2018 #WomenofImpact recipients. These women of various backgrounds & fields are a great reminder of the powerful impact women have in the world today. After all, sometimes the best man for a job is a woman. pic.twitter.com/zJTPWFZ9vA
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) March 30, 2018
“I am very proud to stand here tonight with you as the second female Alabamian ever to serve as governor, and as the first Republican woman to serve as governor,” she said. “Lurleen Wallace, former governor of Alabama, the very first one – was a strong leading voice in Alabama. She asked me to run her campaign on the college campus when she was running for governor, and I did. And we became friends.”
Ivey said Wallace had asked her to join her cabinet after graduating from Auburn University upon being elected governor, but she declined.
“I should have done that,” she said. “Instead I was called on to get married. That’s what you did back in the 1960s. Lurleen was a friend to me and a mentor.”