Woman with Vision Award

First presented by the WBAI in 1997, the “Woman with Vision” Award pays tribute to women who have demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made an indelible contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women. Nominees are honored from any profession, such as law, medicine, academia, public office, business, entrepreneurship, trade, labor, journalism, community or religious service.

2024 Recipient


Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

June 27, 2024

Illinois’ 48th Lieutenant Governor

Juliana Stratton is serving all of Illinois as the 48th Lieutenant Governor. She is dedicated and highly qualified, committed to showing that the way we move forward is together.

In this role, she leans on empathy and expertise to open doors and expand pathways uplifting communities statewide. She brings her visionary leadership to more than a dozen councils, commissions, boards, and agencies as Chair or executive liaison. These span the Illinois Council on Women and Girls; the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council; the Military Economic Development Committee; and the Rivers of Illinois Coordinating Council.

Among several responsibilities, Stratton’s portfolio includes overseeing the administration’s Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative; chairing the board of the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program; and leading office initiatives that address the needs of Illinoisans—ranging from efforts to build a strong diverse teacher pipeline, to helping create pathways to economic empowerment for women, to establishing the Ag Connects Us All Agricultural Equity and Food Insecurity Initiative.

The Lt. Governor is the immediate past Chair of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, is a White House appointed member of the federal Route 66 Centennial Commission and is actively engaged in The Chicago Network; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and The Links, Incorporated. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband Bryan and four daughters. Stratton loves the state of Illinois, the people of Illinois, and doing the work that will uplift the next generation in Illinois and beyond.

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2023 Recipient


Kathrine Switzer

May 31, 2023

Athlete, Author, Activist

An iconic athlete, author, Emmy-award winning broadcaster and advocate for sports and social causes, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon in 1967. She was attacked in the race by an angry official who tried to rip off her bib number (#261) and throw her out of the race because she was a woman. She finished the 26.2 mile distance anyway and went on win the 1974 New York City Marathon and to champion women in the sport globally, most notably leading the drive to make the women’s marathon an official Olympic event in 1984. Now, 58% of all runners in the USA are women. To celebrate this social revolution, and to support another on active aging, Switzer ran the Boston Marathon again, at age 70, on the 50th anniversary of her iconic run, finishing only 24 minutes slower than she did when she was 20. This run launched her non-profit ‘261 Fearless’ --named after that famous bib number--which empowers women globally though running. She has been honored widely for her achievements including being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame which recognized her for creating positive social change throughout her storied career.

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2022 Recipient


Laura Lazarczyk

June 16, 2022


2017 Recipient


Hon. Lynn M. Egan

March 1, 2017


2013 Recipients


Wendy S. Baum

June 13, 2013


Jill Wine-Banks

June 13, 2013


2012 Recipients


Merri Dee

Nov. 25, 2012


Dr. Alice Eagly

Nov. 25, 2012


Anne Ladky

Nov. 25, 2012


Anne R. Pramaggiore

Nov. 25, 2012


Co. Jill Morgenthaler (ret.)

June 7, 2012


Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride

June 7, 2012


2011 Recipients


Hon. Sharon R. Barner

Nov. 3, 2011


Paula Hudson Holderman

Nov. 3, 2011


Andrea Kramer

Nov. 3, 2011


Jan Schakowsky

June 9, 2011


2010 Recipients


Sharon Eiseman

Nov. 4, 2010


Dawn Geras

Nov. 4, 2010


Linda VanHorn, Ph.D.

Nov. 4, 2010


Jody Raphael

Nov. 4, 2010


Allison Rosati

June 3, 2010


2009 Recipients


Carrie Austin 

Nov. 5, 2009


E. Lynn Grayson

Nov. 5, 2009


Connie L. Lindsey

Nov. 5, 2009


Vikki Pryor

Nov. 5, 2009


2008 Recipients


Sister Rosemary Connelly

Nov. 6, 2008


Anita Alvarez

Nov. 6, 2008


Carrie Hightman

Nov. 6, 2008


Patrice Purcell DeCorrevant

Nov. 6, 2008


Carol Marin

June 6, 2008


2006 Recipients


Ann Breen-Greco

Nov. 16, 2006


Mary Crego

Nov. 16, 2006


Peggy Davis

Nov. 16, 2006


Dr. Sandy Goldberg

Nov. 16, 2006


Dr. Kerstin Stenson

Nov. 16, 2006


Michelle Obama

June 6, 2008


2005 Recipients


Laurel Bellows

Nov. 9, 2005


Nancy John

Nov. 9, 2005


Vickie Kunkel

Nov. 9, 2005


Ruth Ann Schmitt

Nov. 9, 2005


Willye White

Nov. 9, 2005


2004 Recipients


Evette Cardona

Nov. 10, 2004


Barbara Engel

Nov. 10, 2004


Hon. Julie Hamos

Nov. 10, 2004


Andrea Zopp

Nov. 10, 2004


2003 Recipients


Karen Rowan

Nov. 13, 2003


Gloria Santona

Nov. 13, 2003


Isabel Carter Stewart

Nov. 13, 2003


Hon. Odas Nicholson

April 24, 2003


2002 Recipients


Joan M. Hall

Nov. 7, 2002


Zenobia Johnson-Black

Nov. 7, 2002


Dr. Jewell Oates

Nov. 7, 2002


Joede Berman Schlossberg

Nov. 7, 2002


Tami Sender

Nov. 7, 2002


2001 Recipients


Margaret Blackshere

Nov. 1, 2001


Susan Davis

Nov. 1, 2001


Susan Fortino-Brown

Nov. 1, 2001


Nada L. Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.

Nov. 1, 2001


Maryann Waryjas

Nov. 1, 2001


Jill Zwick

Nov. 1, 2001


Katten Muchin Zavis 

2001


2000 Recipients


Mary Becker

Oct. 26, 2000


Cynthia Bowman

Oct. 26, 2000


Pam McDonough

Oct. 26, 2000


Mary Mitchell

Oct. 26, 2000


Morrison Torrey

Oct. 26, 2000


Reta Wilcox

Oct. 26, 2000


1999 Recipients


Gloria Balague, Ph.D.

Nov. 17, 1999


Sheri L. Boho

Nov. 17, 1999


Linda Calafiore

Nov. 17, 1999


Teree E. Foster

Nov. 17, 1999


Geri L. Harston

Nov. 17, 1999


Zafra Lerman

Nov. 17, 1999


1998 Recipients


Donna M. Carrol

1998


Marilyn Miglin

1998


Patricia Crowley

1998


Sherren Leigh

1998


Hon. Ann Williams

1998


Jacqueline W. Vlaming

1998


1997 Recipients


Susan Murphy-Milano

1997


Barbara Flynn Currie

1997


Hon. Judith Cohen

1997


Katherine Smith Dedrick

1997


Dr. Sharon Byrd

1997