SEK NOW honors ‘Wonder Woman’ Stephanie Spitz

Recognized for her work with PSU's Students for Violence Prevention
Wonder Woman Spitz

SEK NOW board members Ashely Caldwell Wetzel (left) and Brooke Saathoff (right) presenting SEK Wonder Woman 2020 Stephanie Spitz (center) with her award Saturday morning at TOAST.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Southeast Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women (SEK NOW) has awarded Stephanie Spitz the 2020 SEK Wonder Woman Award.

The annual award honors a local woman each year who works to uphold feminist ideals. Spitz is a violence prevention educator, victim advocate, and campus advisor for Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) at Pittsburg State University. Student Coordinator of SVP Kristen Horyna nominated Spitz for the honor on behalf of all the organization’s members.

“She has always been such an amazing advocate for ending violence against women, LGBTQ+ rights, and so much else,” said Horyna.

Jesse Schultze, SEK NOW board member, said, “Stephanie is one of the most altruistic people I have met. She is a strong advocate for victims of violence and has also spent years as an educator. She is an invaluable feminist in the fight for equality. I was proud to call her my colleague when we worked together, and today, I am even more proud to call her my friend.”

As the 2020 recipient of the SEK Wonder Woman award, Spitz was honored with a plaque and a $200 donation to a charity of her choice. Spitz chose Q Space, a local organization working for LGBTQ+ rights and providing a social community, resources, and support for LGBTQ+ youth, adults, and allies.

“Q Space was started here in Pittsburg by one of my friends, Ali Smith,” said Spitz. “It’s really here to help people in the community. Further, they educate the community on how to be great allies, and support people in the area, and fight for LGBTQ+ rights, which is very near and dear to my heart.”

Spitz received her plaque and ceremonial check on Saturday, February 6 at the SEK NOW annual Galentine’s Brunch.

The SEK Wonder Woman award was created in 2017.  Past recipients are Julie Huston, Brooke Powell, and Sarah Chenoweth.