The Lindy Boggs Award was established May 2, 1995, at the fifth annual Southern Women in Public Service conference in Atlanta.
The award recognizes a woman from the South who has demonstrated the ideals of patriotism, courage, integrity, and leadership through public service that have characterized the life and career of Lindy Boggs. Lindy Boggs’ life of public service leadership is proof that power and grace are not always mutually exclusive in American politics. Instead of demonizing her opponents, Lindy treated political opponents with respect and kindness. She won many important battles without resorting to angry confrontation, and often made friends of her enemies in the process. Lindy made politics look good.