An avid (sometimes called rabid) women’s right advocate, Marvalene Broadhead developed her passion after being raised in the “Great Western Farm Culture” where women most often took a back seat to men. “It was nothing that my mother taught; it was just the way it was!” As a result, she came from the generation of women who fought hard for the rights that this generation of women enjoys today. Marvalene’s business career started with her own business and then after moving from Idaho to Washington state, transitioned into marketing and advertising where she spent most of her professional years.
Through professional acquaintances’ she joined Soroptimist International and has been a member for 20 years serving in all club offices plus District Director. She served as the Northwestern Region Liaison for Soroptimist Quadrennial Project and is now District 3 site-coordinator for her 9th year! Through Soroptimist she became involved with NWCAT and served on their advisory council and as their site-coordinator at the 2012 conference.
Her passion led her to the YWCA of Yakima where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2005 serving as President for two terms. During that tenure, the YWCA fulfilled a dream of a new Battered Women’s shelter and transitional housing. After 6 long years of planning and fund raising, the new $9.5 million dollar building is now complete and housing our most vulnerable population, women and children.
Last year Marvalene chaired the YWCA Luncheon where she was able to secure keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart; her efforts helped to sell out the luncheon and once again benefiting the YWCA and the community the organization serves.
Marvalene has also served on the Board of Planned Parenthood, Yakima County Homeless Coalition, Wellness House and this year serving as event coordinator for the United Way. She is honored to serve on the NWCAVE advisory council and welcomes the chance to help make a difference in the lives of exploited women and children in our country.