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Woman of Power Award

2023 Woman of Power Award

In 2018, YWCA Minneapolis established the Woman of Power Award to honor women from the private and public sectors across the Twin Cities who have demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and support for our mission. Award recipients are recognized leaders and inspiring role models who have championed racial justice and gender equity throughout their careers and community work.

Nominations are now closed for 2023. Thank you!

About the Woman of Power Award

This award is presented to an individual who has shown an extraordinary commitment, enthusiasm and support in one or more of the following YWCA values:

  • Peace: promotes peaceful measures to bring about political or social change by helping bridge divisions, resolving conflicts and uniting communities toward the realization of an equitable and harmonious world.
  • Justice: advocates for advancing equity and fairness through our local, state and national legal system.
  • Freedom: contributes toward the fight for civil and human rights, and dismantling the political and economic barriers that prevent self-determination for all people.
  • Dignity: holds officials, institutions, business and government accountable for how they interact with women and people of all races within the Twin Cities; advancing the vision that all are worthy of honor and respect.

Criteria of Award Recipient

  • Nominee must reside or work in the Twin Cities metropolitan area
  • Nominee must meet at least ONE of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Strengthened the community with her courage and leadership
    • Made a significant contribution as a volunteer within the Twin Cities community
    • Is distinguished in civic, professional or academic role
    • Created new opportunities for inclusiveness and collaboration  

Nominees are reviewed and selected by a committee of YWCA staff and current and former board members.