Zonta Says NO


Emily Jordan (Junior), Reporter

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute experience physical violence from a romantic partner in the United States. Z-Club and Zonta have been fighting against domestic violence for over a century, and empowering women in the business community.

Founded in 1919, Zonta’s goal since then has been to speak up against domestic violence and to stand up for women in all areas of life. Since the 20th century, Zonta has branched out throughout the USA and has chapters across the country; one of those chapters even extends into LHS, and it is known as Z-Club, sponsored by Michelle Sweany, one of the two Spanish teachers at LHS.

“I became a sponsor in 2007 to help highschool girls with business because I used to be involved in the banking business before I came to LHS,” said Sweany.

Z-Club holds a multitude of events and fundraisers to raise awareness for violence against women and to support women all around the world. During the winter, they collect supplies to donate to The Caring Center and they are involved in the selling of the Valentine’s Day carnations.

“The carnations were an idea I heard from my high school and I thought it would be a nice way to raise money and awareness for Z-club” said Sweany.

Although it is its own club with an application process, there are ways for others to help. In October, the local Zonta chapters host a walk against domestic violence to show support to the victims and spread awareness.

“We don’t have the information about the walk yet, but we hope it’ll be a good turnout this year!” said Sweany.

If you or anyone you know has experienced domestic violence, know that you are not alone and that there are resources to reach out to for help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is: (800)-799-7233, or text START to 88788.