This year’s theme of National Women’s History Month is education and empowerment. In keeping with this theme, we take a moment to recognize four extraordinary women who have taken steps to empower fellow women, and end domestic violence nationwide.
- One of the first in the country to work with child abuse as it intersects with domestic violence, Susan Schechter was one of the most accomplished leaders in the domestic violence prevention movement. Until her passing in 2004, Schechter explored the ways domestic violence affects children, and looked at ways to prevent this issue from occurring in homes across the country.
- Beth Richie, professor at The Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York, currently engages in research to explore violence against women in low-income African American communities. Her work in the field spreads awareness of violence prevention and explores its relationship in the community.
- A social activist and leader in the battered women’s movement, Ellen Pence helped change the way police and social service organizations respond to domestic violence. Pence created a plan that coordinates the response of multiple agencies to domestic violence victims and offenders.
- Tillie Black Bear, member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation/Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is an activist for the rights of women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. A survivor of domestic violence, Black Bear works to raise awareness of this issue within her tribe and throughout the lives of Native American women nationwide.
These women bring awareness of domestic violence to the forefront of their communities. Through HopeLine® from Verizon, Verizon Wireless does our part to work with thousands of women who have been touched by domestic violence. In honor of Women’s History Month, we encourage consumers to educate themselves on the issue of domestic violence, and help spread the message of prevention. To find out how to spread awareness and give back, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.