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Ministry to Women Award

Our Ministry to Women Award honors individuals or organizations that have ministered to women in an outstanding manner. The award recipient is selected by our Board of Trustees and the award is presented at General Assembly. If you would like to nominate an individual or group, please contact our administrator at any time.

Prior Ministry to Women Award recipients include:

2020Liz Fischer and Rev. Marti Keller for long service to our faith in their efforts and activism towards women’s justice and nurturing women’s spirituality.
Rev. Deborah Pope-Lance and Rev. Gail Seavey for their prophetic persistence that has kept the issue of clergy sexual misconduct within Unitarian Universalism in the public consciousness
2016 Monica Simpson of Sister Song and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood
2013 Kay Montgomery, UUA Executive Vice President 1985-2013, for bringing feminist process into UUA leadership
2011 Rev. Debra Haffner, founder and executive director of the Religious Institute for Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing
2010 Dr. Cynthia Grant Tucker, author of Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Religious Women of the Frontier, 1880-1930
2007 Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade
2006 Rev. Shirley Ranck, Ph.D., author of the ground-breaking adult religious education curriculum, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
2005 Sarah Weddington, lead attorney in Roe v Wade, and women from the Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, who supported Sarah during the early days of the case
2002 Saira Shah, freelance journalist and documentarian, for her production Inside Afghanistan: Beneath the Veil
2001Rev. Dr. Roberta Nelson, distinguished religious educator
2000Founders of the Ministry to Women Award
1999The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
1998Lucile Schuck Longview and Rosemary Matson, initiator and implementor of the 1977 UUA Women and Religion Resolution
1997Carolyn McDade, songwriter and activist
1996New Moon Magazine
1995Rev. Marie Fortune, founder and executive director of the National Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence
1994Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder and artistic director of Sweet Honey in the Rock
1992Studio D of the National Film Board of Canada
1991National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1990Planned Parenthood of America, Inc.
1989Women of the UU Service Committee, in honor of the UUSC’s 50th Anniversary
1987Dr. Jean Baker Miller, psychologist and author
1986Justine Merrit, founder of The Ribbon peace project
1985Women in the Pews (UU Laywomen)
1984Marian Wright Edelman, founder, Children’s Defense Fund
1983Sarah McClendon, Washington, D.C.-based journalist
1982May Sarton, author, poet, diarist, feminist
1981Tish Sommers, pioneer advocate for the rights of older women and displaced homemakers
1980 Tillie Olsen, author
1979 Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights
1978 Lt. Governor Thelma Stovall of Kentucky, who vetoed the Kentucky legislature’s bill to rescind their Equal Rights Amendment ratification vote
1977 Dr. Pauli Murray, lawyer and first black Episcopal woman priest
1976 Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers
1975 The first 11 women ordained as Episcopal priests
1974 Ms. Magazine

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