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WCNY accepting nominations for ‘Women Who Make America Awards’

WCNY is accepting nominations for its Women Who Make America Awards in each of its 19-county viewing areas; Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Schyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.

The awards represent a local collaboration with the AOL and PBS national documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America, to be broadcast from 8 to11 p.m. Feb. 26 on PBS (24.1).

Nominees must be 18-years or older and should be women who are making a significant difference in any of the 19 counties WCNY serves. Nominees will be evaluated on how they impact their own communities to shape today’s America in the following categories: arts, business, community activism, education, communication, medicine, politics, religion, science and technology, sports and volunteerism. Nominations are due by Jan. 10, 2013.

A nomination form is available online at www.wcny.org/makers. Nominations also can be sent by postal mail to WCNY, P.O. Box 2400, Syracuse, NY  13220-2400; Attn: Education Department. All nominations will be reviewed by WCNY’s Education Services Advisory and Community Public Affairs committees, and one nominee will be selected per county.

The winners will be honored at a reception on March 1 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Central New York has a strong connection to women’s rights, from the birth of the women’s movement in Seneca Falls in 1848 and the efforts of women like Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Harriet May Mills to secure equal rights for women.

Winners also will be featured on WCNY radio and television, social media, WCNY’s website and in an upcoming issue of WCNY’s “CNY Connected” magazine.

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