women of achievement
We are proud to celebrate six years of showcasing the accomplishments of women and gender expansive 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!

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Want to help make the 2022 Women of Achievement ceremony possible? Check out our partnership packet! Proceeds of Women of Achievement go to our Kepler Hall Residence Program.

Why We Recognize Women and Gender Expansive Community Members

Women and gender expansive people 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. They have constituted 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.  Women and gender expansive 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 women and gender expansive people 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.  

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2021 Women of Achievement Awards

Women of Achievement Honorees

 

These women—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.