In North Carolina, a voice for women’s and children’s welfare
Name of League: The Junior League of Charlotte
Causes/Issue Area(s): Women’s and Children’s Welfare, Racial Justice, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention
Honors/Achievements: Elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives
What’s her impact?
As a long-time member of The Junior League of Charlotte, Martha Bedell Alexander understands the value of volunteers in securing the health, economic and social welfare of women and children. In fact, she attributes her decision to run for public office to the experience she received in JLC.
Now in her 10th term as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the district encompassing Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County, she has brought that focus on women’s and children’s issues to her work in the state capital.
As a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Martha has advocated for issues as far ranging as child daycare standards and racial justice to patients' rights and the issue of chemical dependency and mental health. She has a long and distinguished history of service with, among others, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, and the World Service Council of the National YWCA.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, Martha persevered through her personal illness and emerged as a mentor for others with breast cancer and a spokesperson sharing experiences and offering support to other survivors as well as the families of those lost to cancer. Throughout her life, her example of direct service and political activism has encouraged others to embrace a tradition and dedication to community service. As one individual in her community offered, "she is a local hero who has had national impact."