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2020 Women of the Year

This year, The Spokesman-Review once again is celebrating remarkable women in the greater Spokane area. In this section, we tell their stories and the achievements they’ve accomplished in these unprecedented times of pandemic, protests, division and a presidential election. Set against the backdrop of the centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the vote from coast to coast, it is clear that women continue to innovate, invent and inspire. While there is much work to do to ensure a level playing field for all women, we can look at the good works by Spokane-area women past and present as a significant building block to a better future.

Legacy Women of the Year

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Women of the Year - Legacy: Debra Schultz digs deep into science, education, business, philanthropy

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 21, 2020

Debra Schultz has never been one to be idle. She was one of the first women to be a soil scientist in the state of Michigan. She spent 20 years teaching middle school in Spokane Public Schools. She’s served on district and state curriculum development and assessment committees. And she also co-founded the Inland Northwest Land Trust, now called the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy.
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Woman of the Year - Legacy: Jane Johnson left her mark on the Community Colleges of Spokane. Expo ‘74 and the MAC, too.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2020

If you attended a community college in Spokane, you have, in part, Jane Johnson to thank. If you attended Expo ’74 or benefit from the event’s lasting impact, you have, in part, Jane Johnson to thank. If you’ve visited the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture at its current location on First Avenue, you have, in part, Jane Johnson to thank.
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Women of the Year - Legacy: Brandie Evans’ work behind the scenes reveals good character

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 21, 2020

She’s nothing special. To hear Brandie Evans tell it, she’s just a regular person with some run-of-the-mill skills that she’s happy to put to use when she sees a need arise. A little organizing here, a little note-taking there – it’s really not a big deal, she insists. And yet, if you talk to her colleagues at Partners Advancing Character Education in Spokane Valley and the West Plains, she’s an indispensable force for good.

This Year's Winners

See previous honorees