The YWCA of the National Capital Area has named its "Women of the Year" for 1985, to be honored next month at an awards dinner. They are: former first lady Betty Ford, as a leading spokeswoman against alcohol and drug abuse; Rev. Pauli Murray, consultant to the Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta; Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Washington architect and designer of Capitol Park and Washington Square; Catherine Filene Shouse, founder of the Wolf Trap Farm Park; and Carmen Turner, director and general manager of the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) . .

The Washington Weekly has named the winner in its Pompous Pontificator competition seeking the "most pompous, overblown, overrated windbag of Washington." The People's Choice: George Will . . .

Times are getting tough for beauty contest winners. Once, looking good in a bathing suit and telling the judges you loved your country, your mommy and God were enough. Now the girls have to be careful. One Miss America lost her title because she took off her clothes for a photographer, and now Rhonda Niles, Miss New Hampshire-U.S.A., has resigned after being charged with a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. Maybe one day a wiser public will stop supporting "beauty" pageants and they'll just go away. Maybe . . .