Imperfect Progress

Please enjoy this post originally written on election day by Vice-President Lori.

Today is Election Day in the U.S. And it’s been quite a year for so many reasons. As I write this, we don’t know what will happen tonight, or even if all the votes will be counted and a winner declared. It’s definitely a strange time.

But one thing that has been somewhat overlooked this year, is the 100th year women have been allowed to vote in America.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, and the right to vote could no longer be denied on the basis of sex. The journey to get to this point was long, arduous, and fraught with racism.

Rights for women had been discussed during the very beginnings of our nation. But of course, the constitution was originally written for the benefit of white, land-owning men. Throughout the 19th century, there was always discussion of women’s rights. But, it wasn’t until later that many of our nations most well-known suffragists began to fight in earnest.

One ardent supporter of women’s rights was Fredrick Douglass. However, the abolitionist was pushed aside for fear of further alienating the white men who would eventually have to approve the constitutional amendment to grant the vote to women.

Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C. Women marching in national suffrage demonstration in Washington, D.C., May 9. United States Washington D.C, 1914. May 9. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/mnwp000268/

I never knew that until recently. And until I was an adult, I really only knew about a few suffragists being arrested for attempting to vote. In school, we’re shown pictures of women holding signs and standing in front of the White House. But we’re never taught the horrors those women suffered after being arrested for protesting. They were beaten, they were force-fed, and they experienced all kinds of verbal and mental abuse. And some were even forced into solitary confinement for long periods of time.

There is a dark history to the suffrage movement in the U.S. The actions taken by men to attempt to suppress women and the actions taken by the suffragists themselves to exclude women of color seem abhorrent today. Yet, the progress made by the movement was a step in the right direction.

A post I recently saw on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment was wondering why it would be celebrated because it didn’t open the door to allow all women to vote. And honestly, I had never really considered that point. And I’ve been thinking about it since. I believe it is a completely valid point and I believe we need to acknowledge that the suffrage movement was imperfect. However, I also believe we can still celebrate the accomplishment.

As with so much in history, it’s a complicated issue. But the fact remains, it was a step in the right direction. I choose to acknowledge that not all women were granted the vote 100 years ago, but I also choose to honor the imperfect women who put us one step closer to equality for all women.

Treasure Chest Raffle!

Help Soroptimist of Omaha Metro raise funds for our Live you Dream Program which provides financial assistance to women who are supporting a family and furthering their education.

We are raffling a gift card treasure chest worth over $400 for retailers such as Target, Scheels, Old Navy, Kohl’s, and many more! Tickets are just $10!

Here’s our current list of gift cards and we’re still adding more:

4 passes to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo ($80 value)
2 adult and 2 children’s passes to Durham Museum ($38 value)
$100 Target
$50 Scheels
$50 Old Navy
$25 Kohl’s
$25 Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Cheddar’s Longhorn Steakhouse)
$25 Amazon
$25 Cold Stone Creamery
$25 AMC Theaters
$25 Target
$20 eCreamery
$20 Coneflower

The drawing will be held on April 4, 2020 at our Days for Girls Day of Service event.  You do not need to be present to win and we will ship.  (If you live outside the Omaha area and are the lucky winner, we’ll work with you to swap out the local cards for something you can use).  Purchase your tickets below and good luck!

Click here to buy your tickets today!

Dance For Dreams 2020

Dance For Dreams 2019

April 27, 2019, 1 pm – 3 pm

Genesis Health Clubs (144th & F)

4007 S. 145th Ave, Omaha

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we raise money for our Live Your Dream Award Program! Enjoy some great music and a great workout disguised as a party. All fitness levels welcome! Zumba is for Every Body.

Each year, over $1.7 million is invested throughout the country to help women achieve their career goals by providing them with financial assistance to continue their education.

In our first two years, Sororptimist of Omaha Metro was able to provide $3,250 in awards to four local women. This year we have more applications from women who are facing challenges than we are able to fund.

Suggested donation for this event is $10. You can also donate online here.

We have a great group of Zumba instructors who are donating their time and talents.  We’ll have raffle prizes, also.  So come spend an afternoon with us and support a great cause!

Support Soroptimist of Omaha Metro

Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Soroptimist believe that education leads to economic empowerment, especially for women.

We just received our Live Your Dream Award applications for 2020. This is a financial award present to women who are supporting a family while enrolled in an undergraduate or career training program. This education increases their chances of living a life free from poverty.

As always, we have more applications than we can fund. But, you can help us!

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We’re selling shirts!  Order by December 5 to add to our award fund. These shirts featuring a great quote will be shipped directly to you before Christmas. This would make a great gift for the teachers in your life or anyone else who values education.

Click here to order.

We’re Back!

After a great summer, we’re ready to get back to business.  Join us for our first meeting of the 2019-2020 club year!

We will gather at Paradise Bakery-Regency at 6:30 pm.  Feel free to grab a drink, snack, or dinner from the bakery (not required) and join us as we kick off a new club year.  Non-members are always welcome at our meetings.  We’d love to welcome some new faces!

Dance for Dreams 2019

Dance For Dreams 2019

April 27, 2019, 1 pm – 3 pm

Genesis Health Clubs (144th & F)

4007 S. 145th Ave, Omaha

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we raise money for our Live Your Dream Award Program! Enjoy some great music and a great workout disguised as a party. All fitness levels welcome! Zumba is for Every Body.

Each year, over $1.7 million is invested throughout the country to help women achieve their career goals by providing them with financial assistance to continue their education.

In 2018, our first year, Sororptimist of Omaha Metro was able to provide $1,750 in awards to two local women. This year we have again selected two women who are facing challenges to finish their education to receive awards.

Suggested donation for this event is $10. You can also donate online here.

We have a great group of Zumba instructors who are donating their time and talents.  We’ll have raffle prizes, also.  So come spend an afternoon with us and support a great cause!

Craft Night

Join us on the International Day of the Woman as we have some fun!

When: March 8, 2019 6 pm

Where: Create DIY Craft Studio, 2949 N 204th St, Ste 105, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022

Create DIY Craft Studio is a local woman owned business! They have a variety of crafts that you can choose from. To see some of their options, you can check out their website, https://www.inspireandcreate.com/. If you would like a custom order design or your name on an item, please call ahead and let them know 3 business days ahead of time. In order to make sure we have enough space, please email us at siomahametro@soroptimist.net if you will be attending. Feel free to bring friends as well!

PayPal to Match Donations

As all other non-profit organizations, we rely heavily on donations in order to fund our programs.  November 27, 2018 through December 31, 2018, PayPal is matching 1% of all donations made through this website: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/2822046

Any amount is much appreciated to help us fund our Live Your Dream Award Program.  We provide financial assistance to women in the Omaha area who are supporting a family while furthering their education or career training.

2018-2019 Live Your Dream Award

Applications for our Live Your Dream Awards are due on November 15.

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assist women who provide the primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.  Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2 million in education grants to about 1,500 women all over the world.

During the 2017-2018 Club Year, Soroptimist of Omaha Metro gave two awards to young women in the Omaha area.

If you are supporting your family and enrolled in college or career training, or if you know a woman who is, click here to apply.

To see how this award has impacted lives, watch the video below.

 

St. Wenceslaus Bowtique

October 27, 2018 at 9 am

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific St, Omaha, Nebraska 68154

We will have booth at the St. Wenceslaus Bowtique! Come and talk with us so we can share all of the great work we’re doing! We’ll also be selling raffle tickets for our Treasure Chest Raffle.