On May 11, the Ms. Foundation for Women hosted our 27th Annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision, honoring six incredible women and organizations making an impact for women and communities across the country. We shared the company of 400 fierce feminists, celebrating the incredible legacy of the Ms. Foundation and recognizing the work that everyday feminists do to make their communities stronger.

MS Foundation Awards
Left to right: Erin Garner-Ford (Executive Director, ACT for Women and Girls); Lindsey Shepard (Vice President of Sales and Marketing, GoldieBlox); Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa C. Younger; Sesame Street co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney; Ms. Foundation Founding Mother Gloria Steinem; Rachel Micah-Jones (Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante); advocate and activist Janet Mock; Suzanne Lerner (President, Michael Stars, Inc.)

This year, the Ms. Foundation honored ACT for Women and Girls in Visalia, California and Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Baltimore, Maryland, two young organizations creating activists that advocate for women’s reproductive health care and economic justice for low-wage workers, respectively. We also honored GoldieBlox, an innovative toy company encouraging girls to pursue engineering and other STEM careers. We also honored Suzanne Lerner, President of Michael Stars, Inc. for her generous philanthropic work for women both in the United States and internationally; and Joan Ganz Cooney, whose pioneering work to create educational programming for children resulted in Sesame Street – and in changing television for young viewers; and Janet Mock, an advocate and activist whose work is elevating transgender rights and the roles of trans women of color in society.

In addition to honoring these special women and groups, this year’s gala featured a spoken word performance by Kelly Tsai, and acknowledged our longtime partnership with the Asian Women’s Giving Circle. The evening, however, didn’t end with the gala: the Ms. Foundation hosted our first-ever After Party where guests enjoyed host Luvvie Ajayi, music by DJ Brenda Black, giveaways and the chance to meet our President and CEO Teresa C. Younger and Founding Mother Gloria Steinem.

This year’s gala raised over $750,000 – funding that will help the Ms. Foundation continue our efforts to provide leadership training, capacity building, advocacy and education for more grassroots organizations and emerging feminists. We thank each person who attended our gala, and also thank our sponsors for their tremendous support of this year’s event!

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