Accomplishments

2009 WOCA celebrates its 10-year Anniversary and the women who made our existence possible. (Date and Place to be Announced)

2008 Nancy Egan, former WOCA President (2003-2006) becomes the first elected Chairwoman of Duck Valley Reservation, making history.

2007 WOCA’s Leadership is profiled and recognized by Boise State University, “Women Making History” and WOCA Founder is awarded the “Legacy of Leadership Award” from Spelman College.

2006 WOCA holds it annual conference in Pocatello highlighting Economic Justice, 80 women attend from several cities from the southeast of Idaho.

WOCA is contracted by the Women’s Bureau, Dept of Labor, Seattle, Washington, to train on Financial Literacy in rural Idaho; Head Start, Idaho Migrant Council Centers and Women’s Shelters.

2005 WOCA kicks off its first fair trade for local artisans from Duck Valley Reservation, selling their items in the Ten Thousand Villages store giving the women a sense of the entrepreneurial spirit and giving them a first or second income.

2004 WOCA Chapters are created at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

WOCA sponsors and hosts the Women’s Campaign School (WCS) at Yale University at the University of Idaho; over 35 young women attend and learn about the importance of civic participation; The WCS is a non-partisan, non-issue and inclusive of women from the entire spectrum of all backgrounds.

2003 WOCA holds its firsts annual conference bringing together women of all races, ages, and incomes. The keynote speakers are, Jeanne Givens, former Idaho State Legislator from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Dr. Alice Palmer, former state Senator from Illinois. These prominent women of color brought a great inspiration demonstrating that running for public office is a vital way to publicize issues of importance on behalf of their communities.

WOCA receives a special invitation to attend a luncheon with the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, highlighting issues of Human Rights and Civil Rights around the world.

WOCA moves into its first office in Hyde Park and partners with Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit Fair Trade store, providing vital, fair income to people from developing countries by marketing and selling their handcrafted items in North America. The income realized by selling the crafts helps pay for food, education, healthcare and housing.

2002 WOCA creates a documentary, The Historical Impact of the “S” Word: From One Generation to the Next” detailing the historical impact of the word “squaw” on Native women in Idaho. The documentary was accepted t the Chicano Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Since its completion, this powerful story has been seen in Montana, Illinois, Texas, California, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, at Universities, Reservations and has become part of a Women’s Studies Program at several Universities.

2001 WOCA members along with Native American women and white allies rally to educate the general public on the word “squaw” a term offensive to Native women in Idaho.

2000 WOCA begins to take shape and form with the assistance of women from all different backgrounds that are community leaders throughout the state of Idaho.

1999 First ever Women of Color Political Forum held at Boise State University - This forum demonstrated that it was possible for women of color to collectively achieve power and create change in Idaho.