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Girls Inc. Accepting Nominations For ‘UnBought and UnBossed’ Awards

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SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga is now accepting applications from the community for the fifth annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards to be held on April 22, 2009.

Named after Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to serve in Congress and run for president, the Unbought and Unbossed Awards refer to her 1972 presidential run when she declared herself to be an “unbought and unbossed” candidate. The 2009 awards will honor ten women from the Chattanooga area who have demonstrated that they are as “determined, intelligent and audacious in [their] beliefs” as was Rep. Chisholm.

Final selections of honorees will be made by the Young Women’s History Project, a group of high school-aged Girls Inc. girls. Nominee applications will be judged for the applicants’ success as trail blazers in their professional careers or service to the community. Each member of the project will select an honoree to interview, deliver a presentation at the awards breakfast on her selected honoree and present that woman with the UnBought and Unbossed award.

Girls Incorporated will accept nominations for the UnBought and UnBossed Awards through January 31. Nomination forms are available on the Girls Inc. web site at or can be requested by calling Joy Johnson at 423 624-4757.

Previous Unbought and Unbossed honorees include Sherrie Gilchrist, Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce; Heidi Hefferlin, Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects; Dr. Charlotte Boatwright, Coalition Against Domestic and Community Violence of Greater Chattanooga; Rep. Tommie Brown; Ruth Brinkley, former President & CEO of Memorial Health Care System; Vicky Gregg, President & CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Judge Rebecca Stern, Hamilton County Criminal Court ; and Ann Coulter, Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing and Watson, LLC.

Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing a healthy and positive environment where girls can enjoy being girls; by providing enriching programs that nurture their capacity for personal achievement, confident adulthood and economic independence; and by advocating for an equitable society. Since 1961, Girls Inc. has served more than 22,000 girls aged 6-18 in Hamilton County. For more information, please call 423 624-4757or visit


Written by Symphony

January 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

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