The Courage is Contagious Award is awarded annually at the Justice For Women Lecture to an outstanding woman leader who:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Justice For Women Lecture Series to raise awareness in Maine about the injustices women and girls face globally and locally.
  • Has achieved the highest level of professional excellence and is dedicated to empowering women to realize their full leadership potential.
  • Has created lasting impact in our community through her work, time, talent, and/or resources.
  • Reinforces and models policies, practices, attitudes, and/or actions that are intended to produce equitable outcomes for all.
  • Has fostered connections with Maine’s diverse communities to empower their collective voices.


  • 2018: Dr. Joyce Taylor Gibson, Dean, University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston- Auburn College
  • 2017: Janine L. Roberts, Westbrook Chief of Police (pictured above with Zainah Anwar)
  • 2016: Catherine Lee, Lee International