SHEROES United, a local non-profit organization dedicated to honoring women, is currently seeking nominations of remarkable women in the community to tell their stories. A “Shero” is someone who exhibits great strength and courage in the face of danger or trials, who overcame those obstacles and now offers hope and encouragement to others by their example.
SHEROES United spotlights one woman each month and is now partnering together with KUED 7 during the yearlong Women and Girls Lead initiative program to showcase women nominated in the community. Women and Girls Lead is a public media campaign to help celebrate, educate and activate women and society to address the challenges they face today.
“We’re looking for stories of courageous women,” says Bridget Cook, vice president and director of public relations of SHEROES United. “Extraordinary women of courage who learned from their circumstances and are now teaching others how to become strong.”
SHEROES United has honored such women as the Poet Maya Angelou; Rebecca Musser, a former FLDS polygamous wife who testified against Warren Jeffs; television News Anchor Mary Nichols in her battle with breast cancer; and several women serving in the military.
The idea of a “Shero” began when Celeste Gleave, founder and director of SHEROES United, was a civic leader and appointed an honorary three star position working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. When she left that position she wanted to help women achieve success in the business world as she saw that women were a small minority in high positions of power and in the military.
SHEROES United is currently looking for anyone with a remarkable story to share. Any woman, from students and teachers to business professionals, can be nominated. They plan to highlight 20 women and do a segment profiling everyday women to be aired on KUED 7 Women and Girls Lead initiative program.
“Being united to us means that we all beat with one heart which is why our logo is of a heart,” says Julie Harman, board of directors of SHEROES United and owner of High Style Photography. “We all have diversity in our own counties and communities that we need to learn to love and respect each other. We do that by telling each other stories, by sharing these things from the heart. SHEROES is that unifying message.”
SHEROES United has partnered with several groups in the community to identify women that have overcome obstacles and to share their stories. They are also hoping to team up with businesses such as Target to create awareness of their project. Visit www.sheroesunited.org for more information or to nominate a Shero. Nominations are due by July 20.
“We are not looking for victims,” says Gleave.“We are looking for victors that have gone on to make change with their voice to help others going through similar life experiences.”