The Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women, or simply, the Croly Award, recognizes journalists who best capture the courage, vision, and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly. Jane Cunningham Croly was a pioneering journalist who devoted her life to helping women improve their lives and expand their rights. The Croly Award winner must demonstrate a concern for the rights and the advancement of women in our society; an awareness of women’s sensitivity, strength, and courage; and/or an attempt to counteract existing sexism.
2017 Croly Award Winner – Aela Callan
GFWC is pleased to honor documentary filmmaker and journalist Aela Callan with the 2017 Croly Award for her eye-opening documentary, Good Morning Pakistan: Journalists Under Threat, produced by Al-Jazeera’s 101 East Program. The film follows the lives of journalists in Pakistan’s tribal areas and effectively illustrates the incredible risks faced by female reporters in the area every day. Callan reveals how women’s stories would go untold if not for the tireless work of reporters in Peshawar’s Tribal News Network.
Past Croly Award Winners
The Croly Award has a distinguished list of winners since it was created in 1996.
2015 | Ada Calhoun
2013 Jessica Ravitz
2012 | Selena Rezvani and Abigail Pesta
2011 | Abigail Pesta
An active and dedicated member of the Federation for over 44 years, Sheila is an International Past President and has served her local GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club, GFWC of Massachusetts Junior Membership, GFWC of Massachusetts, and GFWC extremely well in her many leadership positions.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!