The YWCA Madison has named six area women to receive awards for their leadership of empowering women and eliminating racism.

The 43rd annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards will be presented at Monona Terrace on May 23. The award was established in 1974 and has been given to 220 women. It was originally established to increase awareness and appreciation of the contributions women make to the community and workforce.

The recipients demonstrate community service, professional achievement, leadership and dedication to improving the lives of others and their surroundings.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Keetra Burnette, senior director of community impact for the United Way of Dane County and former COO of the Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Robin Dalton, an immigration attorney at the RISE Law Center representing immigrant victims of sexual and domestic abuse
  • JoAnn Gruber-Hagen, founder of SlaveFree Madison, which raises awareness of human trafficking and works toward ending it
  • Therese Gulbransen, former chemical abuse counselor for female heroin addicts and entrepreneur of two printing organizations
  • JoAnn Pritchett, an “unsung” hero for her efforts to help the community and her contributions to service
  • Angela Russell, an advocate for positive change, combating racism and systemic oppression.

Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.