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The Women of Courage award is inspired by the lifetime work of Congresswoman Jackie Speier who in her roles as a mother, attorney, congressional staffer and elected official has shown resilience in overcoming tragedy and life threatening situations and fortitude in taking on powerful political forces. She has become a leading champion of women's rights, individual privacy and consumer safety. This $25,000 annual award is granted to young women who show outstanding courage in their efforts to make the world a better place. 

Fill out this form to nominate a young woman who, in the spirit of Jackie Speier, has shown courage in making the world a better place. The Selection Committee is looking for women who have demonstrated compassion, resilience and integrity in their efforts to be of service to others. 

The Selection Committee welcomes all innovative ideas of work that makes the world a better place. Examples could be, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative work in science, technology, education or the arts
  • Impactful investigative journalism
  • Leadership in civic activism
  • Advocating for environmental sustainability
  • Starting a non-profit or social enterprise 


The nominee must be:

  • Female identifying
  • 18-30 years old
  • Live, work or serve others in San Mateo County


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.


Nominations should be submitted by midnight on December 1st, 2020 in order to be considered. Awardees will be announced in early 2021.


Questions? Please contact Savannah Lira, PVF Program Officer: slira@venturesfoundation.org 


Please follow these steps in order to nominate someone:

  1. Click the Create Your Account button below to create an account and fill out the nomination form. You will then be taken directly to the nomination form.
  2. Complete the form and click submit. (Please note you can save a draft of your nomination form and return at a later time before officially submitting it.)


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