Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley members participated in a press conference with District 9, urging California to end child marriages.

By Darleen Lyons | October 14, 2023

Zonta District 9 press conference to end child marriage in California. Photo by Ashley Erikson. On Thursday, October 5th 2023, Zonta District 9 took to the steps of Burbank City Hall for a press conference, spreading awareness on their campaign to end child marriage in California. Child marriage is legal in 40 states, seven of…

Wyoming first state to allow women to vote

By Darleen Lyons | December 13, 2022

Suffrage is defined as the right to vote in elections. Women in the United States had fought for suffrage since the time of Andrew Jackson’s presidency in the 1820s. Before the Civil War, women were allowed limited voting in a few states. New Jersey allowed women to vote before their state’s constitution outlawed it in 1844. In 1869, Congress passed the soon-to-be-ratified 15th Amendment to…

13yr old is headed to medical school

By Darleen Lyons | August 9, 2022

A 13yr old girl has been accepted to medical school only a year after graduating from high school. Alena Wicker shared the new in Instagram with her more than 20,000 followers recently. “I’ve worked so hard to reach my goals and live my dreams.  Mama I made it,” the teenage posted below a picture of…

Sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women Mar 14-25, 2022

By Darleen Lyons | March 11, 2022

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. This year’s theme is            Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs. Representatives of Member States, UN…

International Women’s Day March 8

By Darleen Lyons | March 4, 2022

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. About International Women’s Day  International Women’s…

World Day of Social Justice

By Darleen Lyons | February 17, 2022

What is World Day of Social Justice? The 20th of February is observed as World Day of Social Justice since 2009. An underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations is defined as Social Justice according to the official website of the United Nations Organization. The principles of Social Justice are upheld to promote gender…

End Child Marriage in the United States

By Darleen Lyons | February 12, 2022

At the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley’s Empower Hour on February 5th, 2022, Sara Tasneem, MPA presented “Advocacy Efforts to End Child Marriage in the United States” Sara, a survivor of a forced child marriage, advocates against Child/Forced Marriage and violence against women and girls. Featured in Knots, A Forced Marriage Story, she volunteers as…

Zonta Community Grants

By Darleen Lyons | February 11, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is pleased to announce we are now seeking applications for our 2022 Community Grants for projects that support our mission. Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of business and professional women founded in 1919. Our membership is 33,000 in 66 countries. The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita…

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

By Darleen Lyons | February 10, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is seeking applicants for Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs awards. Three outstanding young women will earn awards offered to women are between 16 and 19 years of age (as of April 1, 2022) who attend high schools, colleges and/or university within the Santa Clarita Valley area.…

Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarship

By Darleen Lyons | February 9, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is now accepting applications for the annual Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund Scholarship. Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change. She undertook a rigorous nine-month course and fulfilled…