26 years ago, based on the historic Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, US Women Connect was born. In 1996, it became a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its founder, Marilyn Fowler, believed a "trail of light" could be built, one woman at a time, and one American state at a time. She dedicated her life to listening to every corner of the country, including migrant farm workers, women from different cultures, and women of varying ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity was her hallmark. Along with other co-leaders, this diversity was organized and blended into one cohesive voice: for powerful change. Together, these ideas formed the US Women's Agenda, and were brought directly to policymakers, legislators, and the US Congress. Additionally, she accredited the organization with the United Nations for Women, spearheaded the US Women's Caucus at the United Nations, and formed the Women's Intercultural Network. The mission of Thunderbird Nation is to continue these endeavors, and to blaze a pioneering trail forward; not only for US women and girls, but for men, boys, diverse gender expressions, and every person living in America. Despite all forces that may attempt to weaken, imprison, or defeat us, we have the Native American spirit of the Thunderbird among us. It represents power, strength, and unending protection. US Women Connect is honored to work closely with Native American leaders, and to stand resolute. United. And in the peace of pure protection.
THUNDERBIRD NATION & FREQUENCY 51 will travel to urban and rural areas of the 50 United States, and US territories. As a core component, the events will organize American farmers to bring locally grown food, headlining musicians, and performance artists. VIP individual donors and socially-conscious enterprise will allow any person regardless of ability to pay, to attend. Events will build coalitions and create the energy and resources we need to heal violence and unify our country. We believe America is ready to heal, help its neighbors, and boldly create a New Frequency of solidarity, hope, and strength.