2024 Woman of the Year Award applications are now available. Click here!

Thank you to the 2023 program donors: County Executive Shapiro and the County of Summit, - Presenting sponsors and Akron Community Foundation, Women's Empowerment sponsor!

2023 Woman of the Year Award Recipients - see the 2023 program booklet and a list of past recipients at https://bit.ly/WHP23Booklet

Integrity: Rita Aggarwal, Projecto Raices

Perseverance: Ethel Seiberling Fox, lifelong work on behalf of children at risk, the dying and physically vulnerable

Creativity: Brenda Justice, Gospel Meets Symphony, Power of a Dream Sisters Helping Sisters Ministries, Inc.

Innovation: Mary Ann Kasper, Socially Responsible Sweat Shop

Faith: Stephanie Leonardi, Summit Lake Build Corps., Artist in Summit Lake

Initiative: Towanda Mullins, Sojourner Truth Statue Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, League of Women Voters

Woman to Watch: Madison Radke, Village of St. Edwards, Green Chamber of Commerce

Posthumous: Rae Welker, Akron Symphony Choir, Gospel Meets Symphony, Guardian Ad Litem, Akron Children’s Hospital Cuddler’s Program and more.

2023 Women's History Project Committee:
Theresa S. Beyerle, Ph.D., co-chair
Kathleen "Kitty" Endres, Ph.D., co-chair
Carrie Herman
Holli Mallak
Judy James
Karen Hrdlicka
Katy Miller
Rose Vance-Grom
Phyllis O'Connor
Willette Riley
Leianne Neff Heppner

**The Women’s History Project of the Akron Area, Inc. became a program of the Summit County Historical  Society of Akron, OH in 2013.  The merger occurred during the 30th anniversary year for the Women’s History Project and in anticipation of the Society’s 90th anniversary in 2014.