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Soroptimist El Centro Organizes International Women’s Day Photo Shoot for March Unveiling at Pioneers Memorial Museum

-Editorial

On the evening of February 24, women and girls of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the steps of the Imperial County Courthouse in a momentous occasion to celebrate women’s achievements and empowerment. Organized by Soroptimist International of El Centro, a historic group picture captured the strength and resilience of women throughout history, preserved for eternity.

The gathering symbolized unity and solidarity among women in the Imperial Valley, showcasing the progress made in women’s rights. As the women posed for the camera, smiles and determination were evident on their faces, embodying the spirit of empowerment.

Ivonne Sotomayor, President of Soroptimist El Centro, underscored the importance of recognizing and acknowledging the significant contributions of women in shaping this remarkable narrative. “Women, as pioneers, transformed this valley from a desert to a vibrant agricultural hub in Southern California. That’s why we need to recognize these women so they can be remembered,” she expressed.

The unveiling of the historic photograph is scheduled to take place at the Pioneers Memorial Museum for the community to appreciate. This exhibition is envisioned as a lasting tribute to the trailblazing women who have paved the way for future generations, while also serving as a poignant reminder of the ongoing work required for gender equality.

“This is an opportunity to bring women together from different backgrounds that have been involved in different organizations and are part of today’s history,” said Monica Ketchum, an Arizona Western College professor and an active Soroptimist participant. Her desire for service comes from her great-grandmother who was part of the El Centro 10 thousand Club many years ago, bringing everything full circle for her.

“I feel wonderful that we have all these many women. We are dedicated and wonderful, and I’m glad that we could come together,” Oreda Chin said.

This collective image, a testament to the strength and resilience exhibited by women globally, aligns with the principles of Soroptimist. The organization emphasizes widespread participation, aiming to include as many women as possible in this commemorative snapshot. Soroptimist principles encompass the advancement of women’s status, high ethical standards, human rights for all, equality, development, peace, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.

The photograph will serve as a reminder of the importance of uplifting and supporting women in their quest for equality and recognition. In a world where women’s voices are often silenced, this gathering stood as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all women and girls in the community.

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