Women’s History Month has been observed since 1978 celebrating women’s accomplishments and contributions to history and culture.

Noted on History.com, “In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.”

At Wolverine, we are very grateful for our staff, donors, teachers, care providers, and all of our supporters and partners, who continue to show up every day to aid in our mission of Helping Children and Families to be Victors.

We are especially proud to be operating under the direction and support of one of the most impactful thought leaders of child welfare, Mrs. Judith Fischer Wollack. Judith is the Chief Executive Officer here at Wolverine Human Services, Michigan’s largest child welfare agency. With over 650 staff members, we operate six residential facilities and three foster care offices that serve more than 500 children daily.

Judith’s family history of hard work, dedication and success begins earlier than the dedication to Women’s History Month in 1980. She explained in a recent article the words of her father, “…family values were primarily taught by example. My mother always worked extremely hard and we all saw the time and energy put into everything she would do. My father had died when I was 5 months old, leaving 8 children at home. Values were also taught by being active church members and involved in constructive community groups and activities.  My mother demonstrated that this was an opportunity to assist those in need.” You can read the full article here: https://bit.ly/39MkZAc

In addition to her work at Wolverine, Judith is a Trustee on both the Eastern Michigan University Foundation and the Concordia University Foundation and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She also is the president of the Association of Accredited Child and Families Agencies (AACFA), working with state lawmakers to best meet the needs of Michigan’s children and heading up the current campaign to create Fair Funding for Michigan Families.

As we continue to celebrate major milestones and accomplishments of all contributing women, we must keep in mind our passions, our motivators, our partners, our neighbors, our community, to continue to move forward and make positive change in the world for generations to come.