Women of Achievement, Inc. was founded in 1984 by a group of women dedicated to honoring the extraordinary women who have made Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee better through their lives and accomplishments. The coalition of diverse civic and professional groups and support agencies organizes events to recognize and celebrate these women.

Women of Achievement 2020-2022 celebrates five changemakers and women who saved Overton Park

Standing, from left to right: Judy Card, Mahal Burr, Aylié Arnett. Seated, from left to right: Beverly Marrero, Sandra Ferrell

For the 36th year, Memphis and Shelby County women will be honored for change making leadership at the annual Women of Achievement awards and celebration of March National Women’s History Month.

Five local women plus those who led Citizens to Preserve Overton Park will be celebrated on March 27 in a ceremony at First Congregational Church. Author Summer Owens, 2012 Woman of Achievement for Heroism, will host the awards ceremony.

The Women of Achievement honorees for 2020-2022 are:

Determination: Mahal Burr – BRIDGES community action coordinator, social change activist        
Heritage: Citizens to Preserve Overton Park – women who sustained the historic campaign to stop Interstate 40 from cutting through the park
Heroism: Sandra Ferrell – Lisieux Community founder, survivor and advocate for women experiencing trauma, addiction and prostitution
Initiative: Aylié Arnett – nonprofit entrepreneur and health care innovator
Steadfastness: Beverly Marrero – former state senator, women’s advocate and reproductive rights warrior
Vision: Judy Card – storyteller; co-founder of Women of Achievement, Women in the Community

The celebration will be at First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper, from 4-6 p.m., for honorees who were selected in 2020 when the COVID pandemic caused postponement of the awards reception.

Admission is $10 and should be paid in advance at  Women of Achievement 2020-2022 tickets or mail checks to PO Box 95, Memphis, TN 38101, including names of persons who will attend.

A $50 donation includes the awards event, membership for WA for 2022-2023 and inclusion in selection of 2023 honorees and other WA gatherings.

Celebrate women who stand up and speak out – to preserve precious parkland, to assist homeless women, to reduce pharmacy costs with new technology, to protect women’s rights, to engage youth as changemakers and to discover and tell women’s stories.

Nominations for awards come from across the community; finalists are selected by WA members. Since the first celebration in 1985, 257 individual women plus the Yellow Fever martyrs and local suffragists have been honored. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays and photographs of the WA honorees thru 2004. In addition, all essays and images are here on the website, womenofachievement.org.

For more information, call 901-378-3866 or email dclubb@memphiswomen.org

View the full list of all honorees here.

Women of Achievement, Memphis Women's Legacy Trail, Memphis Area Women's Council

The Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail is a project to document, remember, and celebrate the women of Memphis, Tennessee that have made a lasting impact on the city through their work and lives. Compiled by Dr. Beverly Bond, Dr. Margaret Caffrey, Judy Card, Deborah Clubb, Dr. Gail Murray, Jimmy Ogle, and Laura Todd, the brochure and information is the first of its kind in Memphis. Our goal is to raise funds to expand the project in hopes to share the stories, history, and vision of these remarkable Memphis women.

Click here to learn more about the Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail.

Read 35 years of WA essays honoring 257 women and two groups or tour the new Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail from the safety of your personal car – all of this can be found here on our website.

Find membership form online here.

The Donate button below will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council website, where you can make your Women of Achievement dues payment via credit card. Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to PO Box 95, Memphis, TN 38101.

This button will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council where you can make payment for Women of Achievement reservations. Please email any additional guests’s names to dclubb@memphiswomen.org

Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to PO Box 95, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.

To order the book series which highlights the first 30 years of Women of Achievement, call 901-378-3866.