Don’t be upset….I know Women’s History Month is over, but I just had to share with you all a hidden treasure of a nonprofit I’ve recently discovered in New Jersey.
The organization is called The Alice Paul Institute (API). API celebrates the legacy of women’s rights activist Alice Paul, one of the leading ladies who suffered through women’s right movement to bring us the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
API has several programs in place to educate, develop, and empower a new generation of leaders, and human rights activists. The programs primarily cater to girls between the ages of 9-18 introducing them to strong female role models from history. The historical piece is what sets API apart, as it shows young ladies how far we’ve come in achieving women’s rights yet emphasizes the need for more, positive female role models of today to lead our tomorrow.
One thing we are always told is to understand our history so we can know who we are to know where we’re going. We can reflect on those that paved the way for us to enjoy the freedoms we celebrate, and must not forget to take advantage of today.
In an effort to not discredit the women leaders of today and also honor the sheroes of yesteryears API gives an annual Alice Paul Equality Award to individuals who have “captured the spirit of Alice”.
Like many small nonprofits, API needs funding to continue to uplift and encourage, and diversify their efforts. For more about the organization, and to donate to aid the mission of empowering future leaders check out their website.