Send in your nomination for $10,000 Edna Award!

From the Berger-Marks Foundation website —- 

Through August 28, 2014

Send in your nomination for
$10,000 Edna Award!

Edna & Awards of Distinction will go to young women leaders in the social justice movement


Last year’s Edna Award winners, runners-up and judges at an Awards Ceremony with Berger-Marks Board members

The Berger-Marks Foundation is accepting nominations beginning June 23 for the 2014 Edna, a $10,000 award that will go to a young woman leader in the social justice movement. For the third year in a row, the Edna Award will spotlight the contributions to social justice made by outstanding young women and bestow a significant honor to one young woman whose leadership has already fueled social change.

We invite you to nominate a young woman whose work and commitment you admire. (You cannot nominate yourself.) We are accepting nominations online through August 28, and the award will be presented in the fall.

The Foundation first offered  the Edna Award in 2011. This year it will again recognize a woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to social justice early in her career. Her achievements to date should also indicate that her ongoing work will significantly improve the lives of working women and men.

The award is named after Edna Berger, the Foundation’s namesake and an early organizer at The Newspaper Guild-CWA.  Inspired by her example, the Berger-Marks Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of women workers and assisting leadership development of women in unions.

To nominate a young woman for the Edna Award:

  • Nominations for the Edna will be accepted online only. The deadline is midnight, Eastern Standard Time, August 28, 2014.
  • In addition to your nomination, each nominee must have one letter of  recommendation, which will also be submitted online after your nomination has been completed.
  • Nominees may not nominate themselves.
  • Nominees must be 35 years or younger on 12/31/2014.
  • Young women from labor unions, women’s groups, workers’ rights groups and other areas of social justice are eligible for the Edna Award.

An independent panel of union, civic and activist leaders will judge the nominees and make the final selections.

For more information, read FAQ’s below.

Frequently Asked Questions about
How to nominate someone for 2014 Edna Award

 Can I nominate someone who is not from the United States?

Yes, but the nomination and second recommendation must be in English.

 Does the nominee have to be part of the union movement?


 What do you mean by “social justice”?

Wikipedia says, “Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.”

At the Berger-Marks Foundation, we are especially interested in social justice as it applies to women workers and their rights.

 Can I submit additional materials (i.e. articles, photographs, etc.)?


 Is there a penalty if the person I’m nominating was nominated in a previous year?


 When is the deadline?

Everything must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 28, 2014.

 Can I send my nomination/recommendation via USPS, e-mail, or drop it off?

No – everything must be submitted through the nomination forms on our website. Anything sent separately will not be considered.

 When will the winner be announced?

Fall of 2014.

 How will the winner be notified?

The trustees of the Berger-Marks Foundation will notify the winner by telephone and e-mail. The winner will receive the Edna Award in person at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 Do I have to submit a second letter of recommendation when I fill out my nomination form?

No – The form will ask you for the name and contact information for the person who will make the second recommendation, and that person will be sent instructions on how to submit his or her recommendation online.



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