In 1892 in Port Huron, Bina West Miller founded one of the first organizations in the country to offer life insurance to women. For the first time, women had the means to provide for their own financial security and independence. Prior to this organization, women had always been deemed uninsurable by the insurance industry because of the high mortality risk from the complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
In founding the Women’s Benefit Association, a nonprofit, dues-paying organization exclusively for women, Miller not only established an insurance network for women, but also a primary support group as well. Chapter members met monthly because Miller believed that women joining together could lend each other emotional support and work together for their own betterment and their communities as well as provide financial security for themselves.
The national headquarters for today’s Woman’s Life organization is still located on Military Street in downtown Port Huron.