The Flora Award was established in 2013 through the inspiration of Flora Stone Mather, a 19th century woman who worked and supported the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of women and children with her time and generous philanthropy. The Flora Award represents her spirit and rewards those who, like her, believe in the betterment of society.
The name Flora also denotes the Roman Goddess of flowering plants, especially those that bear fruit. Spring is her season and she has elements of blossoming. The Flora Award recognizes women who exemplify the spirit of Flora Stone Mather's work. Flora awardees are women who collaboratively make a difference in the lives of Cuyahoga County women and girls by addressing unmet needs with creative approaches to social justice, service and advocacy. This award brings honor, visibility and support to the work of the awardees.
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's mission is to support and empower women through education, advocacy and leadership. Among the many ways that the Center champions women, the Flora Award is one way to recognize those women who have created change in their communities. In this way, the Center for Women helps fulfill the university's ongoing efforts in making a positive difference in our community. Each year, University faculty, staff and students provide over 160,000 hours of community service with hundreds of local organizations.