Seeking Upstanding Austin Women for 2012 International Women’s Day Awards

By Barbara-Anne Mansfield

As we celebrate women all around the world for their passion, for their vote, for their drive to make a difference, Ten Thousand Villages has made it a tradition to recognize some of Austin’s changemakers, too. We’re now seeking nominations for our 4th Annual International Women’s Day Awards, which honor inspiring women changemakers in our community. Through Feb. 20, anyone can nominate local women leaders who are active in HumanitarianAnimal Welfare or Environmental efforts. Nominations are being accepted online at and in person at our nonprofit store (1317 S. Congress, open daily). The Awards will be presented to three finalists and a winner from each category on March 9, 2012.

Exciting Update: This year’s Awards ceremony will be hosted by Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper fame! Tolly’s blog ( has won “Best of” honors from The Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, and Rare Magazine, and now she’s expanded to AETV.

Past International Women’s Day Award winners include: musician and social activist Sara HickmanAmy Mills, EmanciPET; Jerri Conrado, Women’s Global Network; Niyanta Spelman, Rainforest Partnership; Maggie Miller, DiscoverHope; and Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive!

Do you know an outstanding local woman? Did you know that nominating her can inspire others to follow in her footsteps for good? You can help spark a movement! So spread the word and submit your nominations today. Hurry, the deadline is Feb. 20, 2012.

(L-R): Austin Eavesdropper Tolly Moseley, Carol Thomas of Caritas, Jim Estrada, and Barbara-Anne Mansfield from
Ten Thousand Villages at the fair trade store’s launch party for 2012 the International Women’s Day Award nominations.

For more information: 2012 International Women’s Day Awards
**Photos by Alice May Berthelsen**