Outstanding PyLady Award#


This award is brand new as of January 22nd, 2024! 🎉🎉 The complete award process has not been fully hammered out, but the Global Council wants to invite nominations for this award in time for PyCon US 2024.

The PyLadies community is made up of many remarkable members and volunteers that make significant contributions to bettering the Python community. The Global Council’s Outstanding PyLady award is meant to elevate diverse Pythonistas doing amazing things, to highlight their achievements, and to thank them for all the work they’ve contributed. The intention of this award is to demonstrate that service to the Python community does lead to recognition and reward, rather than to provide a direct incentive to contributors.

Awards will be made periodically (a few times a year), although the Global Council may choose to consider awards more or less frequently. The award is open to women and non-binary PyLadies. Any Python community member may nominate a PyLady at any time. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations must be made through this Google form (optionally anonymous). The Council will contact nominators to keep them informed of the status of their nominations.

While it would be unusual for a single individual to receive multiple awards, repeated awards will be appropriate to acknowledge ongoing contributions.

Award winners will be recognized at the next PyCon US. While nominations are accepted year-round, the cut-off date to have nominations considered in time for the upcoming PyCon is the end of the previous year. For instance, for PyCon US 2025, nominations must be received by December 31st, 2024 AOE. This is to give enough time for the Council to review nominations, and for award winners to make travel arrangements for the conference.


PyCon 2024 timing: Since the Council is just announcing this award, for the first year, we’re accepting nominations until February 4th, 2024 AOE. Nominations received after this date will still be considered, but may not be notified in time for PyCon US 2024.

Award winners will receive an award certificate plus one free registration to PyCon US (ideally, the upcoming PyCon US to receive the award) and the opportunity to apply for a grant for travel and accommodation expenses.

Remaining Details#

The full award process and award details are still being worked out. To be transparent, these are the remaining details that the Global Council needs to sort out:

  • Finalization of award gifts (in addition to what’s already stated above)

  • Should we keep a public record (e.g. on this doc) of historial winners? With the option to opt-out

  • If yes to above, where should the public record be? On this doc? on the PyLadies website? Blog? elsewhere?

  • Should we also announce on social media?

  • How should we handle nominees who have received the PSF Community or Distinguished Service awards for similar reasons?

Questions? Feedback? Ideas?#

If you have any questions, thoughts, feedback, we’d love to hear them! Reach out to the Global Council at council[at]pyladies.com.