Women Change the Face of Life Insurance

National Catholic Society of Foresters Life Insurance

The passing of a young woman with six children in the beginning of 1891 prompted a revolution. She was a member of the Holy Family Parish in Chicago. The congregation answered the call to help when her family was unable to supply the means to cover burial and funeral expenses. This act of kindness birthed the idea that a group of women could do much to assist each other. On May 1, 1891, the group held the first meeting of what was to become the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters, and later, the variety of life insurance and retirement products. What started with a small group in Chicago in 1891, continues to care for the needs of now more than 26,000 members.