March is International Women’s Month

International Women’s Month recognizes the great contributions that women have made to our nation and local communities.  Remarkable Women is a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

CBS 42 will celebrate local Central Alabama women that inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month, it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.  In order to celebrate these women properly, we need to highlight and recognize their accomplishments.  There are stories to be told and we will not only tell their stories, we will honor the remarkable women in these stories.

Beginning December 7th, 2020, CBS 42 and all Nexstar local TV markets will accept nominations for the Remarkable Woman of the Year. Based on select criteria such as community contributions, self-achievement and impact on families, CBS 42 will select four (4) local women to be considered for the Central Alabama Remarkable Woman of the Year.  All four local nominees will be featured in the CBS 42 newscasts and will be highlighted on CBS42.com. Stories honoring the four local nominees will air in local newscast each Tuesday, March 9, March 16, March 23 and March 30, 2021.

During a special ceremony on April 5 at 6:30 p.m., one (1) woman will be announced as CBS 42 Remarkable Woman winner/finalist. They will now be eligible for consideration for the National “Nexstar Woman of the Year” Award.  The national winner will be featured and announced on a WGN’s Remarkable Women Special on April 10 at 6 p.m. CT.

The window for nominations began on December 7, 2020 and ended on December 20, 2020. Remarkable Woman nominations included an original essay of 500 words or less about each nominee. The nominations were be judged on the following criteria: 

  • community contributions (34%)
  • self-achievement (33%)
  • impact on families (33%)

Help us celebrate Remarkable Women in Central Alabama!

Get to know our four amazing semifinalists!

Samantha Briggs

Birmingham, AL

Dr. Samantha Briggs is an educator who advocates for children in underrepresented groups, a community servant, and a mother. Read Samantha’s story!

Michelle Davis

Birmingham, AL

Michelle Davis is a bestselling author who works to empower children. She is a mother and a woman of faith. Read Michelle’s story!

Margaret Morton

Sylacauga, AL

Margaret Morton is a nonprofit founder and former guidance counselor who has spent nearly 25 years helping children and families get the resources they need to succeed. Read Margaret’s story!

Jean Castille

Birmingham, AL

Jean Castille is a nonprofit cofounder and woman of faith who has dedicated her life to ministering to those in need of support. Read Jean’s story!