For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017
Contact: Nina Smith, (301) 717-9006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Haigh, 907-750-1999, email@example.com
Ms. Foundation for Women’s 2017 Gloria Awards Honors former Sec. Hillary Clinton, Women’s March Co-Chairs in Star-Studded Gala
NEW YORK — Last night, the Ms. Foundation for Women hosted the 29th annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision at Capitale, honoring former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Women’s March national co-chairs, and Ms. Foundation grantees who ignite policy and spark needed change.
The Gloria Awards, named for Gloria Steinem — one of the organization’s founding mothers — is a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantees around the country and to recognize leaders who have made an indelible impact on the gender justice movement. By the end of the night, the event raised over one million dollars to support women-led organizations across the country.
“We are thrilled to recognize each of our honorees — from Secretary Clinton to the Women’s March co-chairs to our inspiring grantees,” stated Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “I hope tonight reminds everyone of what I am reminded of every single day as I work with the Ms. Foundation’s grantee-partners: our strength comes from the root. Our movements are fed from the ground up, and we are only as strong as the ground on which we stand. We won’t go back. The only way forward is together.”
Secretary Clinton accepted the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award for her lifelong dedication to promoting opportunity and access through public service — as first lady, senator, secretary of state and later as a historic presidential nominee. The organization lauded Sec. Clinton for paving the way for women to reach new heights in politics and for inspiring future generations to break through a very cracked glass ceiling.
Women’s March national co-chairs, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland received the Marie C. Wilson Emerging Leaders Award for their work on the Women’s March on Washington, which attracted more than four million participants around the world.
Speaking on behalf of the Women’s March national co-chairs, Linda Sarsour, co-founder of MPower Change, added in her acceptance speech that, “Our movements against oppression must hold on to the truth that those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution. That means centering women of color and empowering them to lead. The Unity Principles created for the Women’s March reflect the understanding that we must stand up for each other and fight back when our rights are on the line.”
In addition to Secretary Clinton, the night’s honorees include:
- Sydney Phillips, a 7th grader and Newark, NJ resident who sued her school to continue playing with the boys team when the girls basketball program was eliminated.
The event also featured a number of celebrity guests in attendance including:
- Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue and co-host for the Gloria Awards afterparty
- Cleo Wade, Poet, social justice advocate, and co-host for the Gloria Awards afterparty
- Lizz Winstead, American comedian, radio, and television personality
- Mara Hoffman, Creative director and president of her eponymous clothing company, Mara Hoffman, Inc.
- Max Jenkins, Actor starring in NBC’s comedy-drama detective series, The Mysteries of Laura
- Ash Fulk, Top Chef
- Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, an electronic music artist and activist
- Judy Gold, Stand-up comedian, actor, television writer, and producer
- Carolyn Malachi, GRAMMY-nominated singer and activist
- Patina Miller, Tony-award winning actor and singer
- Martha Plimpton, Actor and reproductive justice activist
- Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz
- Kathleen Turner, Film and stage actor and director
- Chelsea Handler, Host the Chelsea Handler Show on Netflix
- Ann Curry, News journalist, television personality, and photojournalist
- Sally Kohn, CNN political commentator and the columnist at the Daily Beast
Women of Vision honorees are chosen based on their grassroots work to raise the collective voices of women, and their innovative leadership, courage and actions toward the realization of a shared vision for a just and inclusive democracy for all genders. Previous Gloria Award honorees include: Miriam Yeung of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, activist and author Janet Mock, Children’s Television Workshop creator Joan Ganz Cooney, and Goldieblox construction toys for girls.
***Footage of Secretary Clinton’s speech is available by request. Please contact Nina Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-717-9006 (text friendly) or Molly Haigh at email@example.com or 907-750-1999 for more information.***
For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in organizations nationwide.