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City Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

Bloomington, Ind. -  The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2019 Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader and Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution awards, to be presented during Women’s History Month events in March 2019.  

Although nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline for nominations for the 2019 awards is January 18, 2019.

The Woman of the Year Award is presented to a woman who has improved the quality of life for other women through inspiration, community service or professional accomplishments above and/or outside normal job responsibilities. The recipient is also someone who serves as a positive role model for girls and women and has made outstanding contributions to the community.

The commission also recognizes women just beginning to make an impact, and those whose dedication to improving the lives of women serves as an enduring legacy.  “Through the Emerging Leader Award, the commission honors women who are at the early stages of their work,” explained Debby Herbenick, commissioner and director of the Indiana University Center for Sexual Health Promotion.  “The Toby Strout Lifetime Achievement Award honors women whose body of work has been substantial, dedicated and devoted to lifting up other women or girls.”  Strout, who was also a commissioner, served as the longtime director of Middle Way House, a service provider for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault.  

Nomination forms for all the awards are available online at:, in the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department (401 N. Morton St., Suite 260) or by email at  Nominations should include the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the nominee in addition to a description of how the nominee’s accomplishments have improved the lives of local women or girls.  Nominees should reside in Bloomington or Monroe County. The nominator also should include his or her name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Completed nomination forms may be sent by e-mail to or by mail to: The Commission on the Status of Women, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, Ind. 47402.  

The Emerging Leader award recipient will be honored at the Women’s Leadership Development event in March 2019 at City Hall.  The Woman of the Year and Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution award recipients will be honored at the Women’s History Month Lunch on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Monroe Convention Center.

“Each year we look forward to recognizing outstanding women in our community who are inspirational community servants and professionals,” said commission co-chair Ashley Hazelrig, assistant vice president and branch manager at the Peoples State Bank. “We have recognized women from diverse walks of life and want to continue to shed light on the impactful work of local women. If you know a woman who is worthy of recognition, we are eager to learn more about her and her contributions.”

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women explores women's issues and concerns, celebrates women's accomplishments and promotes solutions to the problems and challenges faced by women.  To view a list of award recipients from years past, please visit