Meet The Enquirer’s 2021 Women of the Year

This year’s group of Enquirer Women of the Year honorees includes women who have had their hands in major organizations across the city, working behind the scenes to make Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky a better place for everyone. 

The women will be honored at a luncheon in October.

This is the 53rd group of Women of the Year honored for their contributions in our communities. Introduced by The Enquirer in 1968, the program annually recognizes area women who have supported philanthropic efforts and who have improved civic life through their investment of time, energy and their belief in helping others.

More than 500 women have been honored over the years.

Here are the 2021 Enquirer Women of the Year:

Iris Simpson Bush – On board with the Flying Pig Marathon since its inception, Iris Simpson Bush has served in a number of capacities, from board member to executive director. Along the way she has helped lead the race from a novelty-themed marathon to a weekend sports festival that now is the 15th largest in the country and a major economic driver for the community, adding an estimated $12 million to the local economy each Flying Pig weekend. Along the way she made sure the "Pig" gives back to the community, helping charities and nonprofits raise more than a million dollars each of the last five years. She also gave women and girls the chance to participate in a race of their own, founding the Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-Mile event in the fall with an emphasis on female runners and female-centric nonprofits. Over the last six years of the Queen Bee, the event has raised a half-million dollars for charity.

The Enquirer Women of the Year program started in 1968.

Ariella "Ari" Cohen – When asked to be the chair of one of the largest initiatives the Cincinnati Jewish community will see in the coming years, the Cincinnati 2030 committee, Ariella "Ari" Cohen accepted. This community-based committee will draw on the results of the 2019 Cincinnati Jewish Community Study and extensive community input to plan for the next 10 years of Jewish Cincinnati. "Ari is a Pied Piper, who motivates and inspires her generation to give their time, treasure and talent – but most of all of their hearts," said her nominators. "Ari is leading by example and empowering other young adults and families to give back, whether it is with their time, financial resources or in-kind services."

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