Awards Ceremony | Making a Significant and Lasting Impact: Deborah Harding Award, Kate Raftery Emerging Leader Award, Loret Miller Ruppe Award
Date & Time
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award honors Peace Corps women whose contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of women and girls in the world. Given by NPCA affiliate group Women of Peace Corps Legacy (WPCL), the award is named after a founding member of WPCL who undertook assuring gender equality in recruitment and placement of Peace Corps Volunteers and of hiring staff in the mid-1970s. She established the Women in Development Program at the Peace Corps and had its language included in the Peace Corps Act. 

The Kate Raftery Emerging Leader Award is given annually by Women of Peace Corps Legacy to a woman under the age of 35 who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and ongoing commitment to serve women and girls. The award recognizes young professionals with an affiliation to Peace Corps who demonstrate the kind of leadership Kate Raftery has inspired in so many over her career. 

The annual Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service is named after the widely admired 10th Director of the Peace Corps. The award is presented by NPCA to outstanding affiliate groups for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps — “strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its peoples” — or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service.