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Woman’s Life Insurance Society

Woman’s Life History – Timeline of Significant Events

Significant Events
1892 25-year-old school teacher Bina West founded Woman’s Benefit Association
1893 First death benefit claim for $1,000 paid September 25
1893 Membership reached 5,500
1906 Membership exceeded 150,000
1915 The cornerstone was laid for the Home Office building
1917 Woman’s Benefit Association building opened for business
1920 Association granted a permanent license to operate in Canada
1921 Addition added to rear of Home Office building nearly doubling the original size
1931 Membership first offered to men
1966 Woman’s Benefit Association was renamed the North American Benefit Association®
1989 Building named to the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites
1990 General Counsel Janice U. Whipple elected National President
1992 100 year anniversary celebrated
1993 Bina West Miller inducted into the Michigan Woman’s Hall of Fame
1996 North American Benefit Association renamed Woman’s Life Insurance Society®
1999 Woman’s Life introduced the Intuitions® website to better serve its loyal members
2000 Insurance in force increased to a Society record of almost $708 million
2002 Society launched Intuitions® Whole Life plan with focus on women and their families
2005 Assets increased to a Society record of $175 million
2006 Society introduced the secure AgentWeb website
2009 Woman’s Life introduced the secure ChapterWeb and MemberWeb websites
2012 Woman’s Life adopts a direct election board form of governance
2012 National Secretary-Treasurer Christopher J. Martin appointed National President
2017 Woman’s Life Celebrates 125 years
2017 Society assets reach new all-time high of $205,850,846


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