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In September 2024, BWF will publicly honor 40 Liberation Leaders who have contributed outstanding work toward racial, gender, economic, and social justice in Greater Boston. After gathering public nominations for individuals who are making an impact in local communities, we're reviewing potential honorees.

Read on to learn more.

We remain committed to doing philanthropy differently — in partnership with communities — so we called on the public.

Who are the innovative changemakers who have touched your life and the lives of your community? Who are the women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals who have fought for their communities and have yet to receive their flowers? Find out when we announce our 2024 Liberation Leaders. Often, such pivotal work by leaders from our communities goes unsung. We want to change that together.

Liberation Leaders are people who are leading and engaging in movements that resist oppressive systems and are striving to create new systems.

We invited the public to nominate Liberation Leaders with outstanding work and impact in Greater Boston over the last 40 years.

Awardees will be selected with the following criteria in mind.

Boston Women’s Fund’s 40 Liberation Leaders are:

  • Women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals who are a part of the communities BWF serves (people of color, elderly, youth, refugees, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, low income, and disabled).

  • Working toward racial, gender, economic, and/or social liberation.

  • Working within or beyond the nonprofit sector.

  • Working in and impacting the Greater Boston area.

  • Currently leading liberation work or have led liberation work at some point during the past 40 years.

  • Individuals with a proven track record of working toward liberation for at least 5 years.

  • Representative of the communities they serve.

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