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  • Syracuse Commission for Women
    The Women’s Commission, first established in March of 1986 by Mayor Thomas G. Young, exists as an advisory body to the Mayor on women’s issues and interests. The Commission represents many professions, ages, and areas of the city. Women’s commission members are appointed by the Mayor to serve for a term of two years, and meet quarterly.
    The purpose and goal of the commission is “to realize the rights of women of all ages to equal opportunity and participation in the affairs of the community; to ensure women of all ages freedom from discrimination based on gender and to assure them of the benefits of equal opportunity and the full utilization of their talents to promote their educational, health, economic and social well-being.”

    Honoring the Woman of the Year  

    The City of Syracuse Commission for Women is once again seeking nominations for the annual Woman of the Year Award. This award is given each year by Mayor Stephanie A. Miner and the Commission for Women to a woman in the community who has demonstrated her commitment to community service, served as a role model for other women, and enhanced the lives of City residents. This is the sixth year the Commission has given the award.

    “Syracuse is privileged to have remarkable women taking active, leading roles in all aspects of the community,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “It is a privilege to bring some of these talented women in to participate in the Women’s Commission. We are always pleased to use this occasion to honor another woman who is making a difference in the community.”

    The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2016. 

    Women who are nominated must be residents of the City of Syracuse.

    Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 18th. Click here for a nomination form. Nominations may be sent to Maria Ferrara, Director of Constituent services by email at or by mail to:  

    Syracuse Commission for Women
    Mayor’s Office, City Hall Rm. 203
    Attn: Maria Ferrara
    233 East Washington Street
    Syracuse, New York 13202

    The award ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the atrium in City Hall Commons.
    Past Women of the Year
    2015 Linda McNally | Photos | Video
    2014 Kellieann Gingold | Photos | Video
    2013 Daryl FilesPhotos | Video
    2012 Linda Donalson | Photos
    2011 Grace FluschePhotos