For the 35
year, Memphis and Shelby County women will be honored for changemaking leadership at the annual Women of Achievement awards and celebration of March National Women’s History Month.
Nine local women will be celebrated on March 24 at a reception at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis – 35 years after the first awards in 1984 at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street.
WMC News anchor Kontji Anthony will host the awards ceremony.
The new Memphis Women’s History Trail also will be unveiled – featuring a printed guide, online historic content and soon a mobile app, all created by Women of Achievement historians.
The Women of Achievement honorees for 2019 are:
- Mildred Richard-Edwards, HIV/AIDS advocate
- Rachel Coats Greer, Binghamton community advocate,
and Mary E. Mitchell, Orange Mound community advocate
- Gabriela Salinas, cancer survivor, scientist, legislative candidate
- Estelle Axton, co-founder STAX recording studio,
and Cornelia Crenshaw, civil rights activist
- Maxine Starling Strawder, dancer
- Dr. Jane Hooker, women’s sports advocate
- Dr. Carol Danehower, domestic violence researcher and educator
The celebration will be at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis with a 3 p.m. reception and 3:30 p.m. awards.
Celebrate women who stand up and speak out – on living with HIV/AIDS, on returning dignity and opportunity to neighborhoods, on equity in sports, the arts and the workplace.
Nominations for awards come from across the community. Since the first celebration in 1985, 248 individual women plus the Yellow Fever martyrs and local suffragists have been honored. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays and photographs of the WA honorees thru 2004. In addition, all essays and images are archived on the
Women of Achievement website
Admission is $35 and should be paid in advance. To reserve your tickets,
visit this link
or mail checks to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., 38112, including names of persons who will attend.
A $60 donation includes the awards event, membership for WA for 2020 and inclusion in selection of 2020 honorees and other WA gatherings.
For more information, call 901-378-3866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.