The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Equity Awards seek to honor women, especially women of color, who advocate for and advance our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Reflecting our long-time commitment to recognizing change makers and risk takers through our historic YWCA Racial Justice Awards and Tribute to Women, the Equity Awards reflect our intersectional approach to addressing race and gender equity. We believe that the equally important goals of eradicating racial and gender disparities call for a new kind of celebration and recognition for the groups and individuals leading the way.
Announcing the 2021 Equity Awards Winners!
The Inaugural YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Equity Awards Luncheon took place on November 5th, 2021. The event featured Keynote Speaker Gisele Barreto Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania.
View the 2021 Equity Awards Program here!
Black Women for a Better Education
Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy
Associate Pastor for Mission Ministries, East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Creativity & Innovation
Founder and Owner, Brittany Leanna Productions, LLC
Founder and Executive Director, re:Bloom
Marisa C. Williams
CEO, North Hills Affordable Housing (HEARTH)
*Nomination period closed July 28th, 2021.
*The Equity Awards are reserved for women, save the Ally Award which is open to a group or individual of any gender. We invite nominations for anyone identifying as a woman.
Recognizes a woman who is a dedicated essential worker on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, promoting equity, living out the role of helper, and doing the work that continues to be underpaid and undervalued by many.
Recognizes an individual or a group of any gender who has taken on the role of ally, advocate, and champion to women of color, by contributing to the long-term engagement and emotional attachment needed to bring equity to Pittsburgh.
Recognizes a woman whose work remains true to their ethnic heritage and roots as they champion strategic initiatives so that the Pittsburgh of our future centers and engages women of color.
Recognizes the creativity of a woman involved in the arts or social media initiatives that brings public attention to the empowerment of women, especially women of color and empowers an audience through awareness, education, and inspiration.
Recognizes a young woman, age 24 or younger, whose voice and actions interrupt the status quo to make a difference in their community by serving as a leader in any way to ensure that equity stays in the forefront.
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