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Women's Fund of Omaha welcomes Octavia Spencer

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 18:51:17-04

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer was in Omaha on Friday to talk about issues that matter to women.

Spencer, most known for her roles in feature films like “The Help” and “Hidden Figures,” sat down today in front of about 1,500 supporters of the Women's Fund of Omaha as part of the organization's "Lead the Change" celebration.

Spencer talked about pursuing her passion and using her voice as a woman. When asked where she gets it from, she credits her mother.

"My mother would have been part of this organization; you get to dictate that,” she said. 

The Women's Fund of Omaha is an organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in the Omaha area through research, education, and funding. 

On Friday, the organization awarded more than $3 million in grants to local nonprofits helping women and girls.