Women United honors women student leaders

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From the wives of the founding fathers to the iconic Rosie the Riveter, the impact of women in America can be seen throughout history. Figures such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks have played pivotal roles in important events and have made lasting marks in time.

Margaret Thatcher once said: “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

This statement was reflected as Women United along with the Program Council honored 12 female students at their first Impact Luncheon, on Tuesday, who have impacted the campus and fellow students through their leadership abilities.

“They may not know people are watching them as leaders,” said Women United President SaLillian McDaniel. She says the organization is intended to cater to women leaders through events such as this one as well as offering volunteer opportunities.

McDaniel said that she has been impacted by her mother, who has “gone through so much and is still standing.” She added that when the time comes, she hopes she can be that strong.

The winners of the awards were nominated by their peers, who were required to write paragraphs on how the students impacted their lives.

One honored student was senior Jessica Herrera, who is a multicultural ambassador for the office of M.I.S.S. She said her great-grandmother has impacted her.

“She came from Mexico and worked in the fields.”

She said her great-grandmother then worked her way up in the school system so her grandfather would not have to work in the fields. Herrera’s great-grandmother was a single mother in the early 1900’s and endured many hardships due to her socially unaccepted situation.

CJ graduate student Osiris Santos said she was impacted by the contributions of Mother Theresa.

“She was such a loving individual who cared she gave so much,” said Santos.

Women United honored students Kareeme Brown, Andonnia Maiben, Jessica Brash, Jessica Herrera, Christina Burt, Kim Sanders, Bobbie Warner, Sonia Ramirez, Qiana Lee and Ashley Jones.