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Nominate a Naperville Woman or Girl to be Recognized

We bet you know some phenomenal women, or maybe you are one! Naper Settlement is on a mission to tell her story as it happens, while highlighting the contributions women and girls have made -- and continue to make -- to our community.  Submit your HERstory of overcoming obstacles, showcasing leadership, and empowering others.

In conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage, the museum will highlight 100 stories of women and girls in 2020. Your story could be featured on Naper Settlement’s museum grounds, in temporary art pieces, at events, or even become a part of our museum collection!

How to Enter:

Female residents of Naperville are encouraged to apply or be nominated.  Tell us how your nominee has has made an impact in the community by overcoming obstacles, showcasing leadership, and/or empowering others. 

Submissions require either a 

  • 250-word written entry 
  • one-minute video entry  

If you have any questions or would like to submit an email nomination, please contact TownCrier@naperville.il.us

Meet Naperville’s Phenomenal Women!

Meet the Naperville women making history right now.  Click on their photo to learn more about HERstory!

Lisa Averill-Latimer

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Toni Baumgartner

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 Cindy Creevy

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Jeannette L. Collazo

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Jenny Dawley

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Shalini Dixit

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Ruth Dow

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Carolyn Finzer

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Tanesha Lambert

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Sue McKenna

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Lauren McLaughlin

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Liliana Jones- Muñoz

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Nefertiti Nowell

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Jacqueline Ruiz

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Shannon Simonovich

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Joyce Wehrli

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Other HERstory Nominees

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be nominated? 

Anyone who identifies as a female and is a resident of Naperville  is encouraged to apply or be nominated. 

How many women can I nominate?

There is not a limit to the number of nominations you can submit. However, we ask that you do not submit multiple nominations for the same person. 

Do I have to be a woman to nominate a HERstory to be shared?

No! We encourage everyone to submit nominations for the phenomenal females in their lives. 

What is the timeline for submitting applications and when will I find out if I’ve been selected?

We will do our best to highlight as many women and girls as possible.  Applications will be accepted starting  December 1, 2019  and are open through  November 2020. Dependent on the volume of applications, it may take 1-2 months for the Naper Settlement staff to contact the selected applicants. 

What types of stories are you looking for? 

No HERstory should go uncelebrated! We’re curating all different types of stories and contributions to share throughout 2020 .  We are looking for all types of inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles, showcasing leadership, and empowering others. 

How will the HERstory submissions be featured?

We will be highlighting women and girls on our website, throughout the museum campus, in the community, and online.