Each year, YWCA Mohawk Valley honors amazing women throughout our community. These women have made significant contributions to the Mohawk Valley, and for that, they deserve to be recognized.

Since the beginning of Salute to Outstanding Women in 1989, YWCA has honored 248 incredible women from Oneida and Herkimer counties. The award officially welcomes each year’s new honorees to our Salute Academy, a collective of all the women we have honored through the decades..

Each of these women have made incredible contributions on our shared community and will leave a positive impact for years to come. We are proud to have them join our YWCA MV family!

Here's the lucky ladies being honored this year:

  • Danielle Padula: Business & Industry
  • Natasha Homa: Education
  • Juli Webster: Entrepreneur
  • Amy Jennings: Healthcare
  • Marianne Buttenschon: Human and Public Service
  • Sophia O’Neill: Outstanding Youth
  • Oneka Roach-Campbell, Esq.: Social Justice
  • Dawn Roller: STEAM

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, and tickets can be purchased by visiting ywcamv.org/Salute.

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The Salute serves as YWCA MV’s largest annual fundraiser. All proceeds directly benefit the agency’s life-saving free, confidential, and 24-hour domestic and sexual violence crisis services.

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Women have left marks on everything from entertainment and music to space exploration, athletics, and technology. Each passing year and new milestone makes it clear both how recent this history-making is in relation to the rest of the country, as well as how far we still need to go. The resulting timeline shows that women are constantly making history worthy of best-selling biographies and classroom textbooks; someone just needs to write about them.

Scroll through to find out when women in the U.S. and around the world won rights, the names of women who shattered the glass ceiling, and which country's women banded together to end a civil war.