Coming A Long Way

In 1888, at a time when women weren’t supposed to be educated, weren’t supposed to handle business or financial matters, weren’t considered worthy of financial protection, and weren’t even considered capable of voting for the governmental leaders who would represent them, Marie Kirkland of Council Bluffs, IA, put an ad in a local newspaper asking women to meet to plan a “social.”
Eight women responded, and from that first meeting, they began to build an organization that empowers women to be the best they can be. Chartered as a fraternal benefit society in 1895, Royal Neighbors was one of the first to insure women and children. Today, it remains one of the largest women-led insurers providing financial products, member benefits, and volunteer programs to its nearly 180,000 members.