For a woman to be seen by her community is a gift. Many work hard behind the scenes, give everything they have to build a stronger community, and work tirelessly to protect what they love. Many have encountered struggles along the way and have endured all forms of discrimination, and many continue to fight discrimination in all forms.
Thirty-eight years ago President Carter established a Women’s History Week. In 1987, the U.S. Congress took this one step further and declared March as National Women’s History Month; a time to celebrate the richness of women leaders and their accomplishments.
As Women’s History Month approaches The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is once again accepting nominations for its annual “Women of Excellence Awards.” This year’s Women’s History Month celebrates the theme, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” This was an expression made popular last year with a viral hashtag. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell uttered this sentence during comments following the U.S. Senate vote to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren’s objections to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” grew like the branches of a tree to refer to any women’s persistence in breaking barriers, despite being silenced or ignored. For Women’s History Month 2018 it is about honoring women who fight all forms of discrimination against women.
“Nevertheless, she persisted recognizes the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout history and celebrates the diversity of women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all levels and in all forms.”
The CSW is seeking nominations of women who live in the county of Maui within four categories:
Young Woman of Promise (14-21 years old)
Woman of Excellence (21-59 years of age)
Unsung Hero (60 years and older)
Honorary Historical Award (Posthumous)
Awardees will be selected based on their actions. Along with the nomination form, nominators are encouraged to submit a short historical anecdote exemplifying how the nominee’s story shows perseverance in the fight against any form of female discrimination.
This is a great opportunity to recognize a mother, aunty, grandmother, friend, student, teacher or work colleague who you believe should be recognized for their hard work in our community. There are so many great role models that don’t get recognized. This is one way we can honor them.
If you would like to nominate a woman for this award nomination forms can be found online at www.mauicounty.gov. You can also pick up a nomination form inside the County Building at 200 S. High Street in Wailuku at the information booth in the lobby, or on the 9th floor at the office of the Mayor. Deadline for nominations is February, Wednesday the 7th, 2018 and can be received via email: Pili.Nahooikaika@co.maui.hi.us, fax: 808 270-7870 or mailed to/dropped off to the attention of the “Committee on the Status of Women,” Office of the Mayor, 200 S. High Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96708.
“Women of Excellence” winners will be recognized during a Women’s History Month awards presentation on March 27, 2018 from 3-5pm at a location to be announced at a later date.
Recipients of past awards include Kathy “Tita” Collins, Kekai Brown, Stacey Moniz and Lois Reiswig.
For more information about this year’s award program, contact Pili Nahooikaika at 808-270-7855 or via email at Pili.Nahooikaika@co.maui.hi.us