March 1st-31st, 2020

100 Women
for Alice Walker

Celebrating Our Legacy

Determined to Soar is a non-partisan group of women based in Spartanburg, South Carolina who have joined creative forces to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The group seeks to CELEBRATE women’s achievements in order to EDUCATE, INSPIRE and UNIFY the next generation of leaders. To accomplish these goals, we are staging a series of interactive and engaging eventsCome Join Us!

Read Team Bios:
Valerie Manatis Barnet  |  Nancy Corbin  |  Louise Fagan
Robyn Hussa Farrell  |   Julia D. Lyons  |  Sabrina Richardson



Join us as we celebrate milestones in Women’s History and the resilient and collaborative nature of women! Determined to Soar presents gatherings, art openings, film screenings, and live stage events.



Learn about the strategic work and epic risk-taking that gave women the vote in 1920. Where was the source of this energy and where has this led? Get info about your current voting rights and how to make your voice heard. 



Through curated stage events DtS brings together women who have a story to tell, a poem to lift up, a song to sing, a film to share or a dance to move you. We hope these programs leave you inspired and activated to do more.



We strive to bring diverse and inclusive audiences to our events. We encourage you to bring a friend or two. Our events are for all ages. Through our offerings we hope to widen our circle of phenomenal women.


The year 2020 marks two extraordinary events for America:
the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment &
the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony

Anytime we delve into the history of a country established on the land of indigenous peoples and built by enslaved peoples, awful truths will be found. We believe treating all people with dignity is the only course of action and acknowledge this has not been the case throughout the history nor the present of this country.  Please join us!

We also believe this country is stronger when we all have a voice and exercise our voting rights. To support this belief we launched Determined to Soar on February 13, 2019
(that’s right, on Galentine’s Day!)

Upcoming Events

In Honor of Women's History Month be a part of 100 WOMEN FOR ALICE WALKER

March 1 - 31 we are looking for 100 Women to give $100! Be a part of An Evening with Alice Walker to be held October 8, 2020 at Twichell Auditorium.
How to give: Go to the DONATE HERE button below. One click will be take you to The Spartanburg County Foundation. In the drop down menu choose Determined to Soar Fund. You may choose to donate in honor or in memory of a fabulous woman. You will be listed in the program along with your honoree. Many thanks for helping to bring Alice Walker to Spartanburg!

Determined to Soar: Stand in Gratitude

An international online social movement to honor the women who fought for our right to vote. August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary, so at 1pm, we're calling all women to "stand in gratitude" wherever they are, take a photo and post using the hashtag #StandinGratitude

An Evening with Alice Walker

Join the Determined to Soar team in welcoming Alice Walker to Spartanburg! Alice Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. She wrote the novel The Color Purple for which she won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The event will feature live performances and will inspire all in soaring to new levels!

Save the dates:

February 27, 2020 – Art Opening at Converse College – 6pm
February 13, 2020 –  Voices in American Art at Wofford
November 3, 2020 – Election Day
August 18, 2020 – Stand in Gratitude – a Social Media Event
Oct 8, 2020 – Twichell, 7pm – Staged event. You & your friends will want to be there!

Determined to Soar is a non-partisan group coming together to celebrate milestones in Women’s History. We use the arts to educate, inspire, and unify women through a series of interactive and engaging events.


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