City Commission On The Status Of Women Seeks Nominations For Annual Awards

(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2021 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader and Young Woman of the Year awards. 

Although nominations for these awards are accepted year-around, the deadline for submission of nominations for 2021 is January 15, 2021. These awards will be presented during Women’s History Month in March 2021.  

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.

Named for the late longtime director of Middle Way House and Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women member, the Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution Award recognizes a woman whose work has significantly advanced the status of women through leadership and service. 

The Emerging Leader Award acknowledges a woman with a relatively short (less than five years) history of significant achievements and recognizes the potential for future contributions. 

The Young Woman of the Year Award recognizes a young woman 11 to 18 years old who has already impacted girls/women issues in the community. Self-nominations are encouraged in this category. 

Award recipients will be recognized at a virtual celebration during the month of March 2021.  A list of previous recipients is available here.  

Nomination forms are available online here, in the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department, Suite 260 or by contacting Sue Owens at