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Women of Distinction Ceremony

AAUW is honored to present the following women as our 2020 Women of Distinction.

2020 Women of Distinction

Morgan Jerkins

Education: AB, Princeton University
MFA, Bennington Writing Seminars

Occupation: NYT Best Selling Author

Noor Tagouri

Occupation: Award Winning Journalist and Producer

Raquel Willis

Occupation: Editor, Out Magazine

More to be announced soon!

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Check out the amazing women we’ve honored at past Women of Distinction ceremonies!

2019 Women of Distinction

Jane Marie Chen

Education: MBA, Stanford GSB
MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
BA, Pomona College

Occupation: Co-Founder of Embrace Innovations

Sandra Kim

Occupation: Founder of the popular websites Everyday Feminism and Re-Becoming Human Together

Lauren Simmons

Education: Bachelor of Science, Kennesaw State University, Class of 2016

Occupation: Equity trader, New York Stock Exchange

Ashley Nell Tipton

Education: Associate of Art, Fashion Careers College, 2012

Occupation: Designer at Ashley Nell Tipton Design


2018 Women of Distinction

Simone Askew

Education: Bachelor of Science, West Point, Class of 2018

Occupation: First Captain, West Point

Carrie Goldberg, Esq.

Education: Vassar College; Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School

Occupation: Founder, C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Aisha Bowe

Education: Bachelor of Science, Engineering, and M.Eng. in Space Systems Engineering, University of Michigan

Occupation: Co-founder and CEO, STEMBoard

Carmen Perez

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz

Occupation: Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice; co-founder, Justice League NYC and founder of Justice League CA; National Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington



Women of Distinction Award Criteria

The Women of Distinction Awards are presented annually by AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) to women who

  • Exhibit leadership and pave the way for women in their fields of expertise
  • Serve as role models and/or mentors to women and girls
  • Advocate positive social change that helps close the gender leadership gap and creates a more equitable society
  • Are committed to advancing all women regardless of background and work to amplify diverse voices
  • Give back to their field through their time, talent, and resources

Women of Distinction Selection Process

NCCWSL presents the Women of Distinction Awards to women who have made outstanding achievement in their fields. Awards are presented to women who represent diverse identities, ages, occupations, and passions.

Event History and Past Award Recipients

For more than 30 years, NCCWSL has awarded the Women of Distinction Award to groundbreaking women working across a range of fields, from science and engineering to art and government. See the complete list of remarkable NCCWSL Women of Distinction awardees since 1985.

Photography and Promotion

Photographers and videographers will be covering this event to promote future conferences and programs. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please let the photographers/videographers know. For more information on AAUW’s photo policy, email nccwsl@aauw.org.