Empowering women to better our future-this is what Sisterhood Agenda is all about.
The nonprofit organization, Sisterhood Agenda, based in the Baltimore/DC area contributes to women’s empowerment on a national and global level by creating a collective spirit for women formed through their online network.
Developed by Angela D. Coleman in 1994, Sisterhood Agenda functions to help all women and girls to know and understand their cultural identity, heritage, strengths, and power.
In order to be the change that many girls needed, the Sisterhood Agenda nonprofit organization establishes its vision in one word – SISTERHOOD.
Coleman declares that “we must love, respect, and cherish ourselves and each other as women. Then, we can develop, heal, and grow together for community upliftment and positive social change.”
Outreach that the Sisterhood Agenda dedicates itself to provides and encourages women empowerment and betters the women it matured.
According to Anita Anderson, a product of her hometown’s women empowerment nonprofit, sisterhood is as simple as “finding a place where you belong and you can be your true self.” Anderson herself was not a product of the Sisterhood Agenda but rather a pageant winner at the Miss Black Teenage Pageant of the Greater Pittsburgh Area in 1990. The training for the pageant paralleled the service that the Sisterhood Agenda provides for its national and international community. Anderson looks towards community leaders like her own and Coleman as role models as they “make a mission to impact the experience of the Black woman by showing them all the possibilities the world has to offer.”
While being a constantly developing network, Sisterhood Agenda, becomes a source of education and support as they encourage women’s empowerment.
Coleman asserts that, “our sisterhood network is the epitome of sisterhood in theory and in practice: we are helping to support each other’s work while uplifting and supporting each other.” Serving their global sisterhood network as doers by providing services and resources for development uplifts their selected community.
At the forefront of their service, Michelle Obama’s role and example for women is praised. Alice Bellis, a Professor of Hebrew Bible at Howard University, holds to the theory of growing empowerment in that “each generation stands on the shoulders of the last.” Obama’s role specifically illuminates the possibilities for young girls to come. As a precedent setting figurehead, Obama presents as graceful and poised while showcasing balance of professional agenda and family life. In response to the exemplary First Lady, Sisterhood Agenda published Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
By teaching low tolerance for inequality and staying mission-oriented, Sisterhood Agenda is bettering the lives of so many.
The work that Sisterhood Agenda does deserves nothing less than the recognition it receives from the public. In 2024, as they celebrate their 30th anniversary, they celebrate the projects that they have and choose to accomplish for the bettering of their evolving community.
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This article was written by Maya Thurstonn for Howard University in 2022, published with permission.