Barbara Jordan Award for Women's Leadership

Class Day Award

This award honors one graduating student at Harvard Kennedy School for her/his commitment to building community and for serving as a role model for women aspiring to be leaders.

This award honors one graduating student at Harvard Kennedy School for her/his commitment to building community and for serving as a role model for women aspiring to be leaders.

Nominations:

To nominate a graduating student, please submit a letter of support (to not exceed 500 words) describing how your nominee fulfills the award criteria listed below. Please note that self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are due Friday May 10, 2013 by 5 pm.

All nominations should be submitted via email to Megan Farwell at megan_farwell@hks.harvard.edu. Please include “Nomination for Barbara Jordan Award” in the subject line of your email. The Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership will be presented on Class Day 2013.

Criteria:

About Barbara Jordan:

Barbara Jordan was a powerful politician, a riveting orator, and dynamic leader. She demonstrated, through her lifelong commitment to public service, that the barriers women face can be overcome through courage and purpose. She was the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate in 1966. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 1972, in the tradition of the Texas Senate, she became “Governor for a Day” -- the first black woman governor in the history of the United States. She later served as the first black Texan in the U.S. Congress representing the 18th Congressional District. In 1994, she served as Chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and, before her death in 1996, President Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Past Winners

2012 - Katharine Lusk
2011 - Sorby Grant
2010 - Rasheba Johnson
2009 - Wivina Belmonte, Erica Lewis and Shanza Khan
2008 - Letha Tawney
2007 - Sarah-Catherine Phillips
2006 – Lara Ponomareff
2005 – Maria Torres
2004 – Dawn Fraser
2003 – Karin Rodgers
2002 – Laila El-Haddad
2001 – Lynne Lyman
1999 – Michele Seligman

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Keynote address by Representative Barbara Jordan, Democratic National Convention, July 12, 1976
(Library of Congress)

 

"The imperative is to define what is right and do it."
- Barbara Jordan