The YWCA in Olympia is accepting nominations for its annual Womxn & Business of Achievement awards through 5 p.m. Aug. 23.
Community members should nominate women in the South Sound who “are working to eliminate racism and sexism to empower womxn, have advanced the political, social and/or economic status of womxn and girls, and embody the YWCA’s vision of a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression, and thrive in a just society.”
YWCA Board Chair Amelia Watson explained “The awards seek to center, recognize and amplify the accomplishments, professional contributions, and public service performed by womxn in the community. The Womxn of Achievement award recognizes those who embody outstanding leadership qualities, are exceptionally committed to their community and/or profession, and live or work in our community.”
The intention of the awards is to bring attention to those in the community who don’t often get recognized for their contributions. “Womxn of Achievement is really a celebration of the contributions of incredible leaders and businesses in our community, who are not only making a huge difference, but whom don’t get honored and celebrated nearly as much as they should because of historic and current patterns of racism and sexism,” Watson said. “While all womxn and businesses are encouraged and eligible to receive awards, Womxn of Achievement as an event is a platform for centring Womxn of Color, who have always led change at the intersections of race and gender justice.”
The awards intentionally use the word “womxn” to “encompass a broader range of identities than woman,” including transgender women, gender nonbinary, genderqueer and genderfluid individuals.
The awards also seek to honor businesses that “are actively working to create a more equitable workplace.”
The award ceremony will take place Nov. 2 at South Puget Sound Community College and will feature Ijeoma Oluo, a prominent Seattle-based writer and author of The New York Times best-seller “So You Want to Talk About Race.”
To submit a nomination, visit the YWCA’s website and fill out the online submission form, or submit a word document by emailing it to WOA@ywcaofolympia.org. Check the YWCA’s website for ticket information. Proceeds of the event benefit YWCA Olympia.