Esta Soler , daughter of a fellow Optimist and founder of Futures Without Violence was the pioneering force behind the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. What started as taking a simple Polaroid has become a full spectrum educational campaign and policy development resource for women and children worldwide. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the cornerstone of our nation’s response to domestic and sexual violence. A strong bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA (S. 47) passed in the Senate on February 12, 2013 (78-22) and in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2013 (286-138). President Obama signed the bill into law on March 7, 2013.
While watching this video, I was shocked at a legislature’s response at the 3:44 marker and tickled to hear of her Optimism upbringing at the marker 10:10. Women like Esta Soler, keep me moving forward, discovering new fetes that I once thought were impossible to achieve.