Please save the date: 2nd annual SHERO Awards!
Please join the National Organization for Women (NOW) Seattle Chapter Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at 7pm at The Riveter for a lively evening to honor two phenomenal women who, through perseverance and outstanding efforts in their advocacy, have notably furthered women’s causes both in their community and the nation. See below for more information on our Shero Honorees!
Guests will enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, raffles, entertainment and more!
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Lifetime Achievement – Senator Rosa Franklin
Senator Rosa Franklin was the first Black Woman elected to the Washington State Senate in 1990. She served in the Washington State Legislature from 1990 as a State Representative until her retirement in 2010 as a State Senator. Her leadership accomplishments include serving as President Pro Tempore of the State Senate from 2001-2002, and again from 2005-2010. Additionally, she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1997, 1988 and 2008.
Franklin focused on social justice and healthcare during her political career. Her interest in the legislation came from her prior career in healthcare as a nurse, where she retired after 42 years of service. Franklin’s legislative accomplishments include the 2005 Washington Housing Policy Act and starting the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities. One of her more recent achievements was in 2008, when she sponsored a bill that allows voters in local jurisdictions to approve public financing of election campaigns.
Some of Franklin’s many honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Democratic Party, Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award from the Washington Women’s Political Caucus and induction into the Washington State Nurses’ Association Hall of Fame.
Rising Star – Abigail Echo-Hawk
Abigail Echo-Hawk is the Chief Research Officer at Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB), a Federally Qualified Health Center serving American Indians and Alaska Natives in King County, Washington. She is also the Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a Division of SIHB, whose mission is to support the well-being of urban Indian communities through informational outreach and innovative technology.
UIHI is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers funded by the Indian Health Service that, rather than working with tribes on a regional level, reaches nationwide, assisting a vast network of 33 private, nonprofit corporations that offer a wide range of health and social services to native people in select cities; from awareness and referral to full ambulatory care. Ms. Echo-Hawk works closely with UIHI staff who develop several ongoing research, evaluation and disease surveillance projects to benefit urban American Indian and Alaska Natives.
A dedicated volunteer and member to the Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality, the Children and Youth Advisory Board of King County and the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence, among others; Ms. Echo-Hawk has long advocated for public policy and institutional change that eradicates inequalities for women of color in her community as well as nationwide. Her focus has often been in areas concerning maternal and child health, domestic violence, sexual assault and health disparities.
In 2013, she was honored with the University of Washington Bothell’s Distinguished Alumni Award for her many accomplishments and overall commitment to eliminating health disparities and recognized in the 2015 Native American 40 Under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).