Amelia Earhart was a Zontion

Amelia Earhart inspired thousands of young women who watched as the aviation pioneer literally soared to new heights to achieve her dreams against the odds. In 1933, one young fan penned a letter to Earhart seeking advice about breaking into the male-dominated flight scene – and Earhart’s advice still resonates today. Earhart responded to the 13-year-old Detroit girl, and the contents of that previously unpublished

letter have been revealed for the first time.

In it she writes:

“…as far as woman’s opportunities in flying go, I think they will improve as they have in all industries,” but when she wrote the letter, “just now there are no pilots on the regular scheduled air time. Someday I expect there will be.”

This speaks to the inspirational role that Amelia Earhart played in reaching out to girls and young women at the time when people were looking to advance their careers. But also to be inspired by somebody who had succeeded in a man’s world.

In June of 1937, Earhart famously vanished after she was on her first around-the-world flight.Zonta is proud to have had Earhart as a member and offers a scholarship in her honor.  To learn more visit the Zonta website. www.zonta.org

(Peoples Celebrity)

BY @CAITKEATING

Human Trafficking

The following is an excerpt from the Bill Schutte web site.  Kudos Atty. Schutte.

Around the country, and right here in Michigan, men, women and children are forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and other labor for little or no pay. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and it is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

Attorney General Schuette is leading the fight against this horrific crime by prosecuting the state’s first-ever criminal cases under state law banning human trafficking in Michigan.

Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation. Our children are especially at risk – 40% of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child. The U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment guarantees that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist. Attorney General Schuette, as the top law enforcement officer in Michigan, remains dedicated to protecting our children and upholding our Constitution to guarantee fundamental freedom for all.

Making a difference

I joined Zonta because I am passionate about women’s rights being human rights.  I would like to see the end of human trafficking.  I would like to see the end of domestic violence.  I would like to see the opportunity for all girls to get educated. Zonta of Fenton is taking action in all these areas. I like being a piece of the solution.

 Zonta Club of Fenton member

Women’s organizations who make a difference

As a new resident to Fenton 17 years ago, I wanted to meet people and to help the community.  I heard about Zonta through the local Chamber of Commerce, and from the first visit I knew I’d found my niche.  Zonta’s causes are my causes.  They touch my heart and allow me to make a difference and touch lives. 

By: Denise Keipert, Past President

Why the Zonta Club?

If you are looking for a place to meet “like-minded” people who wish to invest in women…Women of our community, of our country, and of the world.  What made my choice clear was the mission statement: To empower women and girls to obtain the respect they deserve through education, advocacy, awareness, and service within the community.  When I saw interest Zonta of Fenton had in the crisis of Human Trafficking and how it was happening in our own back yards, I knew I had to join.

By: Libby Elliott