Earlier this year, long-time YWCA supporter Marie Watters Colton was inducted into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame.
Here is some info on her from the North Carolina Conference for Women:
“Marie Watters Colton is a forerunner for North Carolinians in many state policies impacting both the economy and legislature. She worked in Washington, D.C. as a translator for the US Army Signal Corps during WWII. In 1943, she married Henry Elliot Colton with whom she had four children. A political pioneer in North Carolina, Mrs. Colton was elected to the North Carolina General in 1978 and served 16 years, becoming the first woman to be elected Speaker Pro Tempore in the state. She is also a long-time active member of the national board of Common Cause.
From 1978 to 1994, Mrs. Colton represented the 51st district in the North Carolina House of Representatives. During her 16 years of service she has focused on issues such as conservation and environmentalism, billboards, alternative medicine, and tax reform. In addition, she focused on historic preservation, tourism, and economic development in western North Carolina. Mrs. Colton served as a champion on issues pertaining to child welfare reform, domestic violence laws, legislative ethics reform, and allowing local school boards to ban corporal punishment.
In recognition of her inspiring advocacy of women and children’s issues, Colton was appointed to the United States Commission on the Status of Women in 1994. She has received numerous awards and is on a number of state boards.”