Nominations Open For Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award

Mercy Otis Warren - 1BARNSTABLE – Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Merry Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year award.

The annual award highlights a local woman who has had a significant impact on the community via arts, business, education, and volunteerism. This is the fifteenth year the award will be given out.

The award is named after Mercy Otis Warren, who was born in West Barnstable in 1728 and is often referred to as the “First Lady of the American Revolution.”

“At that time, women were not educated, they didn’t have careers, but that wasn’t going to stop Mercy,” said Judy Walden Scarafile, the chairwoman of the selection committee and a former recipient of the award. “She became self-educated and really made a mark as a poet, historian, a playwright, and a champion of women’s rights.”

Warren was the brother of James Otis, a member of the Sons of Liberty and one of the most influential revolutionaries.

Nomination papers are available through Patriots’ Day and local libraries and town halls. They can also be obtained by e-mailing or at the Barnstable County website.

A nomination should be one page in length or less and should include as much information on the nominee as possible.

Michelle DeSilva, the founder of Cape Cod Cares For Our Troops, was last year’s honoree. The award will be presented this June.

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