Local nonprofits celebrate Women’s History Month

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 26, 2015

 Rasheda Kamaria, center, poses with guests during Empowered Flower Girls’ January Inspired Professionals event, Mentoring Month Mix & Mingle, Jan. 28 at the Skyline Club.

Rasheda Kamaria, center, poses with guests during Empowered Flower Girls’ January Inspired Professionals event, Mentoring Month Mix & Mingle, Jan. 28 at the Skyline Club.

Photo provided by Bontisha Rose and Demarcus Hughes

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SOUTHFIELD — Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Sojourner Truth escaped slavery and became an activist.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton called for women’s rights.

Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights.

Women have been making history since the dawn of time, and to celebrate this, local organizations are holding events in conjunction with the national observance of Women’s History Month.

Empowered Flower Girl, a nonprofit aimed at young women, will be holding a networking event, Mentoring Girls & Inspiring Sisterhood, from 6-8 p.m. March 26 at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center.

“Chief Empowering Officer” Rasheda Kamaria said the event is part of the organization’s Inspired Professionals Series and will give individuals looking to make a difference a chance to connect with other like-minded individuals.

“March is close to my heart as it’s Women’s History Month — a way for us to honor and celebrate women — but more importantly, talk about issues impacting girls and young women and how we can help them as they’re transitioning into womanhood,” Kamaria said.

Kamaria said attendees will also have the chance to see a preview of a documentary that focuses on what girls in metro Detroit currently going through.

The girls featured were given a camera to document their everyday lives like a journal, Kamaria said.

“They share their fears, hopes, aspirations and challenges,” Kamaria said. “We can see these are real girls with real issues, and we have an opportunity to help and make a difference in their lives.”

The Sojourner Foundation, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization aimed at raising funds for programs and services for women and girls across southeast Michigan, will also be holding an event in celebration of Women’s History Month March 25 at the Roostertail, 100 Marquette Drive in Detroit.

Kate Davis, executive director of the Sojourner Foundation, said the annual event is part of a series called “Conversations with ...,” and this year the theme is Conversations Through the Eyes of Women.

Davis said professional actresses will volunteer their time to portray famous women throughout history such as Marjorie Ross, the first female optometrist in Michigan, as well as Sojourner Truth, among several others.

Grants will be given out at the event to help applicants achieve their goals, Davis said.

“Our mission is to decrease the violence against women and children, to decrease teen pregnancy and infant mortality,” Davis said. “And to assist women heads of household to economic self-sufficiency.”

For more information, visit empoweredflowergirl.com or so journerfoundation.org.

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