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By Katie Ziegler

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015 the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL developed new strategic goals to strengthen its mission of promoting the participation, empowerment and leadership of female legislators.

One of those goals is tFemale legislatorso devote more attention to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of female state legislators, and so this week, the network began accepting nominations for the Women in Politics Making a Difference Awards.

The network will honor four women in this inaugural spring season, and will recognize 16 women over the course of the next year.

We will select and profile women who are proud politicians and active stewards of their communities.

The honorees will be women who are “making a difference” in ways large and small: championing a landmark bill in their states, or helping a constituent in a time of need. Women are important actors in the laboratories of democracy that are state legislatures, and we hope that this campaign will make women’s contributions a bit more visible.

Think about an elected woman who inspires you, and please visit our website to submit the online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted through April 25. And watch NCSL’s news feed for an announcement of the first winners in May.

Katie Ziegler is the program manager for the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL.

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