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.)