women of achievement
We are proud to celebrate eight years of showcasing the accomplishments of women and female-identifying individuals who, through their careers and volunteerism, live out our mission in Lancaster County. These community members are business leaders, educators, medical professionals, public servants, artists, volunteers, and more who serve as mentors and role models in Lancaster County and beyond!

2024 Nominations Are Open!

We all know someone who helps shape our community through their commitment, leadership, or vision. It could be a dedicated coworker, a passionate community volunteer, or an advocate for justice in your town or community. YWCA Lancaster is proud to uplift the incredible impact of all female-identifying  community members through the Women of Achievement Awards: a celebration of the talent and inspiration that is helping to move Lancaster County towards a just future. Nominate a woman/female-identifying and aligned community member today!

All proceeds from the Women of Achievement Awards support our Kepler Hall Residence Program.

2024 Women of Achievement

We welcome your nominations for female identifying individuals for our 8th Annual Women of Achievement Awards! Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Friday June 24, 2024.

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Please provide the following information for your nominee. Please type your response or submit a video answering the questions below using the file upload. The information provided will be used when selecting honorees so please include detail and dates where applicable. Suggested length of answers is 150 - 300 words per question.

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You can submit a video testimonial answering application questions if you prefer! If you have issues uploading please contact Aaron Spangler at ASpangler@ywcalancaster.org

Nomination submissions must be received by 5 PM EST on June 16, 2023. No exceptions will be made. They must be submitted via the (1) Online form (2) Downloadable, fillable PDF form emailed epatota@ywcalancaster.org or (3) Printed copy mailed to YWCA Lancaster, 110 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.

All information submitted will remain confidential and will be used exclusively for the purpose of the YWCA Lancaster Women of Achievement Awards. Questions? Contact Erin Patota at erin@ywcalancaster.org or 410.292.8831.


Why We Recognize Female Identifying Community Members

Female identifying community members of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our county in countless recorded and unrecorded ways. Whether they are cisgender, transgender, or identify as gender expansive, these individuals constitute a significant portion of the labor force, working inside and outside of the home, and they have provided the majority of the volunteer labor force of the county and establishing early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions including YWCA Lancaster in 1889.  Female-identifying people have served as leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement here. They have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements to create a more fair and just society for all. The Women of Achievement Awards is a community event that recognizes and honors all female identifying individuals who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors while supporting YWCA Lancaster’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Help support Women of Achivement

The Kepler Hall Residence Program

YWCA Lancaster’s Kepler Hall Residence Program is the oldest affordable housing program in Lancaster County, and includes a mix of permanent residence and emergency shelter options to more than 50 community members at our historic Lime St. location.

You support of Women of Achievement fuels our work to provide quality housing, safety, and community for women and families in transition.

Women of Achievement Honorees


These awardees—honored as Women of Achievement—come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. But each share a deep commitment to breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women in Lancaster County. Today, many are still actively doing just that: acting as leaders in their workplaces and communities.