Call For Nominations: 2020 Woman of the Year

  • Sep 7, 2020
  • Emerge Maine
  • Emerge Maine

Top: Congresswoman Pingree (2012) Middle: Millie MacFarland (2010) & Hon. Libby Mitchell (2011) Bottom: Fatuma Hussein, founder and executive director of Maine Immigrant Resource Center (2018)

Do you know any inspirational Democratic women we should highlight in 2020?

Emerge Maine’s Woman of the Year Award was first granted to honor Maine Democratic women leaders who were leading, pioneering, and strengthening Maine. We wanted to highlight and uplift the work of leaders like Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (2012), Governor Janet Mills (2013), State Senator Shenna Bellows (2015), and Speaker of the Maine House Sara Gideon (2019). 

This year, we have looked for compassionate, empathic leaders who are building bridges and connections just when we need them most. Leaders in times of change must show bravery, vision, and resiliency.  In 2020, we are looking to highlight Democratic women leaders who are rising to the occasion.  We need the strongest, most hopeful, and most compassionate leaders we can find – and we need them now.

Nominate a leader for Woman of the Year today. 

Left: Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (2019) Middle: Hon. Emily Cain (2017) Right: Senator Shenna Bellows (2015), Hon. Dawn Hill (2014) Governor Janet Mills (2013) Hon. Peggy Rotundo (2015) Photo of Millie MacFarland (2010)

The ideal nominees will be enthusiastic change makers whose work or volunteering show integrity, grit, determination, compassion, and dedication.  

  • Nominations may be made for Democratic women leaders who have made a difference in their communities by uplifting Democratic values. 
  • Individuals can work in any sector – but special consideration is given to nominees who are uplifting Maine communities. 
  • Emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage, leadership, grit, determination, and ethics. 
  • Nominees do not have to be Emerge Maine Alumna 
  • We encourage people to nominate themselves as well as the Democratic women who work alongside them. 


Tell us who should be highlighted in 2020.