Women of Distinction

About The Award

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards inspire others to achieve by recognizing the leadership of women in a variety of arenas. YWCA Women of Distinction have brought key issues facing women, girls and people of color to the forefront. The awards recognize outstanding women in Southeastern Massachusetts whose lives and accomplishments reflect the YWCA’s Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Honorees are recognized for their exceptional commitment to improving the lives of women and girls through their leadership, advocacy, and community service, while achieving success in their career fields.


2019 Award Nomination

To nominate a “Woman of Distinction” please complete the application form (please type) and submit as noted below. Please be as descriptive as possible and answer each question thoroughly. You may include magazine and newspaper articles, résumés or other supporting documents, but do not send scrapbooks, audio or video tapes. Nominations are confidential. The Women of Distinction Awards Committee will not consider incomplete applications. Description of nominee’s volunteerism MUST include work done outside of their professional job. Awards will not be given for volunteerism done as part of the nominee’s daily job.

ALL Nominations are due by 4pm on August 23, 2019.  Recipients will be notified by the committee after final decisions in September. Nominators will be contacted via mail.

Please Nominate a Woman of Distinction by downloading the nomination form (Word / PDF)

Please send the nomination form to Gail Fortes by email (gfortes@ywcasema.org) or by mail:

YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
ATTN: Gail Fortes
20 South Sixth Street
New Bedford Ma, 02740

YOU CAN ALSO COMPLETE THE NOMINATION FORM ONLINE! We suggest you email and attach magazine and newspaper articles, résumés or other supporting documents,

Nominate a Woman of Distinction

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  • Selection Criteria

    Provide a thorough and complete description of how the nominee meets or exceeds the characteristics sought for each of the following criterion. Be as specific as possible for each question and please give examples as to how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria for the award. Please use additional space as needed to provide comprehensive information.