“Housing can be transformative if it’s more than just a roof, if there’s a true effort to create community.” -Melodee Melin
Melodee Melin was hired by Arlington County in 1974 as the first staff person to specialize in low- and moderate-income housing. Her Arlington career spanned more than 19 years, during which she served as the initial Section 8 Coordinator and later as Section Chief for housing rehabilitation and development. Her leadership of affordable housing initiatives in Arlington created a foundation for sustained success, serving 1,400 low-income households annually during her tenure.
“We’re building the next generation so they need opportunities to problem solve, to develop socially and emotionally and to have that opportunity to find their unique self.” -Sandra Redmore
Sandra Redmore is Executive Director of the Clarendon Child Care Center, a child development program that provides a creative environment to nurture the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of children from ages 2 to 6. Under her leadership, the school focuses on learning, which is fostered through exploration and play.
“If we can actually achieve this in the Constitution it will really be a legal bulwark that will sustain equal rights for years to come.” -Julia Tanner
Julia Tanner is the president and founder of the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition, a Virginia-based not-for-profit coalition of individuals and organizations supporting ratification by the Commonwealth of Virginia of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. During the past year, she has worked tirelessly presenting about the history and future impact of ratifying the ERA.
About the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women. The CSW is an Arlington County Board advisory group and members are appointed by the County Board. For more information on the Commission on the Status of Women, and Women of Vision sponsorship, visit the County website,