Press Release

Scholarship for Women Honors Political Pioneer Helen Boosalis

The 8th Annual “ Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women” luncheon honoring political trailblazer Helen Boosalis is the inspiration for three scholarships that benefit democratic women students. The Inspiring Women Scholarship, established in 2009 following Boosalis’ death, will be awarded this year to three recipients; one from each congressional district.

“Helen Boosalis was an inspiration to Nebraska Women. We wanted to find a way to honor her while encouraging tomorrow’s female political leaders,” said Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Mary Herres. “Previous award winners have become even more involved in local, state-wide and national political campaigns, their colleges, and their communities. Mayor Boosalis would be impressed with their dedication and commitment to democratic women’s principals.”

“The $500 scholarship will go to three Democratic Nebraska Women who are active in their community and progressive politics,” she said.

Boosalis began her political career on the Lincoln, Nebraska city council in 1959 with an upset victory. In 1975 she became the first woman in the country to be elected mayor of a city over 100,000, later becoming the first female president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 1986 Boosalis was a candidate for Nebraska governor in first gubernatorial election in U.S. history with two female candidates. In an interview following her gubernatorial campaign Boosalis said, “I want to help encourage people to go beyond what they think they’re capable of doing.” “You can accomplish what you didn’t dream was possible. Take a little risk. Be prepared. Set your goals high,” she said.

Applications for the $500 Scholarships are limited to Nebraska Democratic Women who are graduating from high school in 2014 and continuing in higher education or those that are continuing in higher education. Applicants are asked to submit an essay of up to 500 words about a female politician or activist who inspired their own community service and/or political involvement. Essays should be submitted by July 15 to Women’s Caucus, Nebraska Democratic Party, 421 S. 9th Street, Suite 233, Lincoln NE 68508. The scholarship will be presented at the Inspiring Women Luncheon in Lincoln, August 8, 2014. Applications can be accessed on the NDWC website: www.ndpwomenscaucus.org , Education Quest Website or by contacting: Mary Herres, NDWC Chair, maryherres@aol.com.

Mary Herres
  Chair, Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus
  2840 S. 33rd
  Lincoln NE 68506
  402-617-2089
  maryherres@aol.com
  Those casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing will never change the world - Susan B. Anthony

Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus

Mission of NDWC   

To inspire, recruit, train and help fund progressive women in the Democratic Party and to increase the number of women in the electoral process and in elected and appointed positions.

Executive Board of Directors
Mary Herres: Chair
Tari Hendrickson: Associate Chair
Candra Guenther:  Secretary
Paige Hutchinson: Treasurer
Christa Yoakum: 1st CD Chair
Martha Wight: 2nd CD Chair
Kathy Jensen: 3rd CD Chair

NDWC Programs
Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women Scholarship Program
Scholarships of $500 are awarded each year to three democratic women from each of Nebraska’s Congressional Districts who are active in their community and progressive politics and will be attending higher education in the following year.

 

ELECT DEMOCRATIC WOMEN

Legislation 

Supporting all Women related issues in the Legislature and local boards. Email alerts, lobbying through letter writing and calling in support of legislation.

Get Involved

Membership meetings are held by telephone conference on the third Wednesday of the Month at 6 pm.

Issues

Equal Pay
Women’s right to Choose
Workplace support: Pregnancy, non disclosure, sexual harassment, LGBT.

Those casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing will never change the world – Susan B. Anthony

 

The mission of our organization is to inspire, recruit, support, train and help fund progressive women in the Democratic party to increase the numbers of women in the electoral process and in elected and appointed positionsThe mission of our organization is to inspire, recruit, support, train and help fund progressive women in the Democratic party to increase the numbers of women in the electoral process and in elected and appointed positions