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Two Drake students receive national College Women's Leadership Award

May 9, 2013

Megan Blanford and Courtney Howell were selected as two of the 21 recipients of the College Women’s Leadership Award, a national award for social activism and political engagement. The award recognizes emerging young leaders from across the nation who have exhibited outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social activism or political engagement. In addition to receiving the award, Blanford and Howell will be recognized in the upcoming book, “51%: Women and the Future of Politics,” as young women to watch for in the future.

The book’s focus is the future of politics and social change, and it features statements from U.S. Congresswomen, including Nancy Pelosi and former Senator Olympia Snowe. Blanford and Howell, along with the other recipients of the College Women’s Leadership Award, will be highlighted in the book to acknowledge the commitment, aspirations and potential of women in politics and social change.

“These college women have distinguished themselves as leaders through social activism or politics at their schools, communities or with statewide or national initiatives,” says Terri Spahr Nelson, author of the book. “They exemplify passion and characteristics of emerging leaders who are making a difference in our world. These are some truly noteworthy young women who will lead us into the future.”

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