Delta Days at the Capitol in Georgia Celebrates Women’s History Month

The first public act performed by the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., in March 1913.
So it seems only fitting during Women’s History Month, that this weekend hundreds of Georgia women will convene in Atlanta for the annual Delta Days at the Capitol event.  Every year members of Delta Sigma Theta, a sorority of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, with over 900 chapters around the globe, meet to discuss and organize around important public policy issues that impact their communities.
As the Georgia Legislature addresses human trafficking, illegal immigration, cuts to the HOPE scholarship program and the economy during this session, Deltas want to ensure that their collective nonpartisan voices are heard. This weekend women will be discussing “Key Issues Facing Georgians”–Economic Development and Education; “Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Must Run for Office” and a workshop for college women on domestic violence, “Stop the Violence: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

Research data indicates over 72,000 Georgians called domestic violence crisis hotlines; Georgia ranks 15th in the nation for men killing women; 30.9% of those living in poverty in Georgia are female-headed households; AIDS is among the top four leading causes of death among African American men and women and the infection rate continues to grow in rural and small towns and cities in Georgia.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has a long and documented history of addressing and advocating for policies that make a difference in the lives of women, girls and families. I know that “special interest groups” get a bad rap in political circles. But I can’t help but endorse and applaud the organized efforts of so many women in the state who refuse to be deterred or stunted by that criticism. In the spirit of the diverse and varied women who gathered on that March day in 1913, this weekend promises to live up to this years’ theme of ADVOCACY IN ACTION; A Stronger Presence – A Stronger Voice.