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YWomen Leadership Celebration

YWomen logoA woman alone has power, women together have impact. That’s what YWomen is all about.

Each year at our YWomen Leadership Celebration, YWCA Evanston/North Shore recognizes and celebrates women leaders in our community for their commitment to women’s advancement and racial justice. Each year, the films about their lives lift us up and inspire us to do just a little bit more in our own lives.

Save the date for YWomen 2021!

Saturday, October 23 at the Palmhouse, Evanston

We are thrilled to announce that our 2021 honorees are Marjorie Craig Benton and Nadine Naber, AND we are looking forward to getting together in person at a beautiful new event space in Evanston, the Palmhouse! Tickets will go on sale in early September, and capacity will be capped at 250. Contact us today to reserve your table!

Proceeds help support YWCA Domestic Violence Services and Economic Advancement programs.

Our thanks to Thermoflex, Allstate, Better, and Wintrust, who continue to sponsor the YWomen Leadership Celebration year after year.

About YWomen

Since YWomen’s small but mighty beginnings in 2008, we have had a BIG dream, and that was to bring our communities together to recognize the power of women to change the world.

Over the years, we have celebrated 27 remarkable women and seven powerful organizations for their work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change. And each year, we have been moved by the spirit of activism that is embodied in the women we have honored. And the past year has reinforced the need for all of us to act to protect what we believe in and to fight for what is just.

Human needs are universal. We all want to be treated fairly, to have opportunities to advance, to feel safe in our home and our communities, to build secure and productive lives for our families. It’s what guides us every day in our work at YWCA.

At the tenth anniversary of YWomen in 2017, we premiered a beautiful film by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel to recognize the 70th anniversary of the founding of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Watch the film and learn more about our work here.

Your Mission is Our Mission

Get inspired by the stories of our honorees over the last 5 years: