YWomen Leadership Celebration
Saturday, April 9, 2022
The Palmhouse, Evanston
(rescheduled from October 2021)
A 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.
Our honorees for the Spring 2022 event are Marjorie Craig Benton and Nadine Naber. We are looking forward to getting together in person at a beautiful new event space in Evanston, the Palmhouse, to hear their stories and celebrate the completion of our new campus!
Marjorie Craig Benton is a lifelong activist and philanthropist working to support women, children, and community development. She co-founded Chicago Foundation for Women on the belief that investing in programs and organizations supporting women and girls, whole communities would thrive. She has served in numerous civic capacities, including, as US Ambassador to UNICEF, delegate to the UN Special Sessions on Disarmament. Marjorie continues to advocate for those in need, working with Partners in Health in Haiti. She served as Chair of President Clinton’s Commission on White House Fellows for eight years and as Chair of the Board of the Council of Foundations in Washington, D.C. For her service, in government, she received the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Award for meritorious service. Marjorie has received numerous awards and honors, including six honorary doctorates.
Dr. Nadine Naber is an award winning author, public speaker and activist on the topics of racial justice; gender justice; women of color feminisms; Arab and Muslim feminisms; Arab Americans; Muslim Americans; people of color-based activism and solidarity; and international human rights. Currently, a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, Dr. Naber has authored and co-edited five books. A dominant focus of her life’s work is Arab immigrant and refugee women and their struggles with displacement, immigration, and isolation and their path towards defining empowerment, dignity, and liberation on their own terms.
Our thanks to Thermoflex, Allstate, Better, and Wintrust, who continue to sponsor the YWomen Leadership Celebration year after year.
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.