woa2011_001In 1955, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper created an awards program that became known as the Women of Achievement Award, in order to recognize and honor the achievement of women who, through their volunteer efforts, have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis community.

The awards program was created on the belief that the community benefited immeasurably from the service of women volunteers and that public recognition would celebrate the women and serve as an inspiration to others.

The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer efforts of women. St. Louis Women of Achievement, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was established in 1993 by former recipients who wished to ensure the longevity of the award for future generations of St. Louis area women. Each year the organization’s members continue to honor the women volunteers in the St. Louis metropolitan region who positively impact and enhance the quality of life in our community.

The 10 honorees selected are women representing diverse cultures, roles, and accomplishments, all of whom have demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis area through significant volunteer contributions. Nominees must have a record of achievement and leadership, outside of their professional responsibilities, that have enhanced the quality of life and addressed a pertinent need, problem, or issue. The selection committees comprised of community leaders, sponsors, and past recipients of the Women of Achievement award, select the ten honorees each year.