Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award – Deadline: July 15 2011
The Berger-Marks Foundation has announced a new award of $10,000 for a young woman leader in the social justice movement. The Edna Award will spotlight significant contributions to social justice and bestow a significant honor to a young woman whose leadership has already fueled social change. The Berger-Marks Foundation brings the benefits of unionization to women. The foundation is accepting applications online now through July 15, and the award will be presented in the fall.
The mission of the Edna Award: “The Edna Award is given to a woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to social justice early in her career. The recipient’s outstanding achievements to date 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.
“With the Edna Award, the Berger-Marks Foundation is expanding its commitment to young women. We want to spotlight their important contributions to social justice,”says Linda Foley, President of the Berger-Marks Foundation. “Women are organizing unions; women are leading campaigns for universal health care; and women are demonstrating to young people what social justice means. Our vision for this award is to highlight one young woman’s remarkable work for social change.”
Women can apply for the award themselves or be nominated by others. The application requests a short essay, resume and two letters of recommendation from each nominee. All applications should be submitted online at http://bergermarks.org/news/2011/EdnaAward_apply.php. Nominees must be 35 years or younger on 12/31/2011. Applications will be acceptedthrough July 15 and finalists will be notified in August. Young women from labor unions, women’s groups, workers’ rights groups and other areas of social justice are encouraged to apply.