In March 2020 ATHENA40 will announce the top 40 most forward thinking women from all over the world as they will be nominated and selected through a merit-based process. The winners should have demonstrated passion, purpose and excellence in the below categories. Nominations are open between December 15, 2018- December 15, 2019. The 40 finalists will be voted by the Athena40 Global Committee. Based on number of votes, one 'Athena' from each category may be announced as 'Athena40-Maverick'.

'A' for Original Thinking

Do you know of women from Media, Literature, Film & the Arts whose originality of thinking challenges our perspectives or has triggered political or social change?

'A' for Positive Impact

Do you know of women who are making this world a better place?

'A' for Gender Diversity & Equality

Do you know of women who support Gender Diversity & Equality and SDG 5 through their projects and advocacy?

'A' for Supporting Female Entrepreneurship

Do you know of women who support or fund female founders and female entrepreneurs or are exceptional entrepreneurs themselves?


'A' for Empowering Young Girls

Do you know of women who empower girls up to the age of 16 through mentoring, education or other initiatives?

'A' for Women as Peacemakers

Do you know of women whose work or mediation skills are achieving peace and collaboration?

'A' for Women in AI & Tech

Do you know of women who work on social impact AI and Tech applications?

'A' for Women-led Philanthropy

Do you know of women philanthropists who are role models in giving and strategic philanthropy?

'A' for Ethics in Business

Do you know of women business leaders whose ethical business practices position them as role models for ethics?

'A' for Women-led Solutions

Do you know of women scientists, academics, doctors and social entrepreneurs whose work is pioneering in improving people’s lives?