8 Local Organizations To Support This Women's History Month

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The  Women of North Alabama have been fighting for strong, active, and  empowered communities for decades — fighting to tear down social & economic barriers, fighting to improve local civic engagement, fighting to improve educational  opportunities, and fighting to organize grassroots support in the struggle for economic, gender and racial equality.

Courageous, determined women like Mary Fletcher Wells who established the Limestone County  Trinity School for the education of freedman in 1865. Ms. Wells ignited a spark that today still lifts and inspires lives in Athens and  elsewhere. For most of the next century—until Trinity closed due to court-ordered desegregation in 1970—it was the sole high school for black children in all Limestone County.

Women like the famously flamboyant screen and stage star from  Huntsville, Tallulah Bankhead. A lifelong liberal and passionate  Democrat, Ms. Bankhead took courageous stands against Jim Crow, the  horrors of the Southern sharecropping systems, and lynching.

These  and the many other forward-thinking women of North Alabama have  enriched our lives with their enormous contributions to athletics, space  exploration, the arts and sciences, government, politics and social change.

It  goes without saying that women’s historical achievements should be  celebrated every month. But until the day comes there are plenty of ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in our area.

So go ahead, take this month, or every month, to honor the notable  contributions of Alabama women and defend their achievements. While you're at it go ahead and make a  few notable contributions of your own.

We’re giving you a place to start by highlighting eight nonprofits that are making major contributions in our community. From fighting for equal pay to advocating for violence against women awareness to creating a new generation of great women political leaders in Alabama, all of these organizations inspire us, and we hope they inspire you too. (Remember, all of these programs depend upon our support and involvement to continue the critical work that they do. So be sure to reach out, connect, join and contribute in any way you can.)

 
 
The Alabama Women's Center

Alabama Women's Center - Huntsville

Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives mission is to make available to every woman the reproductive health  resources she needs to plan a healthy, active, and prosperous life. The center provides safe surgical and non-surgical abortion services, contraceptive counseling, STD testing, preventative health maintenance and OBGYN services by referral.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Huntsville

For more than 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.  AAUW promotes gender-fair school practices, educates others about issues of particular concern to women, advocates for workplace fairness, and funds ground-breaking research projects. The Huntsville Branch has mentoring programs, assists with science and technology fairs for students, and provides volunteers for other community activities.

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Crisis Services of North Alabama

Crisis Services of Northern Alabama (CSNA)

CSNA is a critically important organization with a big heart making an even bigger impact to individuals and families in crisis. Located in Northern  Alabama, CSNA is the area's response to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Suicide Prevention/Intervention, and Information & Referral. CSNA Volunteer based services are provided 24/7.

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Democratic Women of Madison County

Madison County Democratic Women

Formed in 1961 as the first political club for women in the State of  Alabama, MCDW has played a pivotal role in Democratic politics for decades. MCDW’s mission is to support the principles of the Democratic Party, to elect  Democrats to public offices on a local, state and national levels, and to initiate and carry out programs and projects on behalf of the Party. MCDW’s activities include hosting monthly luncheons; sponsoring forums for candidates, awarding college scholarships; mobilizing and training GOTV volunteers, and training for local Democratic candidates.

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Emerge Alabama

Emerge Alabama

Emerge Alabama's vision is to change the face of power, politics and  leadership in Alabama. Emerge Alabama is an affiliate of Emerge America and is responsible for locally-based training programs supporting Democratic women running for elected office in our state.

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League of Women Voters Tennessee Valley

League of Women Voters of Tennessee Valley

LWV volunteers work year round to register new voters, host community forums and  debates, and provide voters with election information they need. LWV is non-partisan, engaging at the local and state levels on legislative priorities and  efforts to improve our elections.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense - Alabama

Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Huntsville Chapter

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of  Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger  solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. Moms Demand Action established a chapter in Huntsville in March 2018.

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Progressive Women of Northeast Alabama

Progressive Women of Northeast Alabama

A small but persistent club of progressive women in DeKalb-Jackson-Marshall Counties that  supports the betterment of women and children through education and legislation.

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