2016 Award Winner
The 2016 Women 2 Women inspiration award is given to a women who has been a pioneer. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba and fled the Castro regime with her family and came to America without knowing how to speak a word of English.
She went on to earn multiple degrees including a Ph.D before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives. She later made history 1989 by winning a special election and becoming the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress.
Throughout her time in the House as a champion of freedom, democracy, and human rights — she rose to become the first women to Chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
2015 Award Winners
The first winners of Main Street’s inaugural Women2Women Inspiration Prize are Representatives Susan Brooks of Indiana and Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.
When Sarah Chamberlain originally had the idea of a series of forums that would bring together women around the country to talk about politics and issues of importance to women, she asked Reps. Brooks and Ellmers if they would be willing to come along to provide the perspectives of female members of Congress. They immediately saw the value of such a series and unhesitatingly accepted. Their participation helped to make the initial meetings of the Women2Women tour an enormous success.
Main Street is grateful to Reps. Brooks and Ellmers for their contributions toward increasing women’s political understanding and participation, and proud of their many accomplishments. Their pioneering endeavors on the Women2Women Tour will set the standard for years to come.