The City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its 2007 Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) Award through Sunday, December 31st.

The OWL is an annual award presented by the commission to women who have demonstrated exceptional personal and/or professional dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in Santa Monica.

A nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

– she has gone above and beyond in her effort to provide outstanding service to the women and girls of Santa Monica;

– she has demonstrated commitment to women’s issues;

– she has made a positive lasting impact on the community; and

– she has done work directly benefiting the women and girls of Santa Monica.

“The commission is honored and excited to celebrate the important and often unrecognized work women are doing to serve the community and benefit the lives of other women and girls,” said commission chair Andrea Lipton.

Both adult women (age 21 or older) and young women (under 21 at the time of nomination) are eligible. Nominations must be received by Sunday, December 31st.

OWL Award winners will be honored at the Santa Monica City Council meeting Tuesday, March 27th.

One woman will receive the award in each age group.

Applications are available at the Web site at www.smgov.net /ccs/cosw

Information, (310) 458-8701.

Past recipients have included:

– Mimi Lind, founder of the Safe Families Domestic Violence Intervention Program at the Venice Family Clinic and former director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network;

– Susan MacCarthy, former city manager of Santa Monica; and

– Gloria Curiel, Guadalupe Castro, Maria Leon-Vazquez and Rita Morales, founders of the Latina Youth Conference.

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