The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Equity Awards seek to honor leaders, 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.
Nominations are open May 23 through July 31, 2022.
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 incredible thought leader or group of any race, ethnicity, gender, or gender expression who embodies the role of ally, advocate, and champion to women of color. This individual or group breaks down barriers, is willing to act with and for others, and practices activism rooted in empathy. They have a lifelong dedication, engagement, and emotional investment in pursuit of equitable community and spaces where ALL people can thrive.
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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