Each year the Indiana Commission for Women recognizes Hoosier women who have been pioneers throughout their lives or who have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles.

The ICW created the Torchbearer Awards in 2004 as a way to honor the achievements of women who have contributed to making Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Nominations for the 2019 Torchbearer Awards are currently open. Click here to download a form to nominate an outstanding woman. All nomination forms must be received by the ICW no later than 5 p.m. on July 12.

Today, the Torchbearer Award is Indiana’s most prestigious recognition for women in the state. Recipients are women who helped remove barriers to equality and women’s full participation in all aspects of life, and who have created lasting legacies by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion.

Recipients are selected based on their extraordinary contributions or achievements in the areas of their professional careers, community leadership or public service.

Click here for more information about previous winners.