Inside Ms. Foundation’s 31st Annual Gloria Awards at Capitale
Hundreds gathered at the 31st Annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision at Capitale on Wednesday, May 8th to celebrate the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 45th anniversary of fighting for gender equity. The evening honored award-winning filmmaker and writer dream hampton and Marvel’s Vice President of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat.
In addition to Ms. hampton and Ms. Amanat, the Ms. Foundation honored two leaders from grantee-partner organizations who have impacted the women’s movement in unparalleled ways. Angeline Echeverría of El Pueblo, Inc. in North Carolina and Deon Haywood of Women With A Vision in Louisiana were recognized for their work igniting changes in their communities to ensure equity and opportunity for all women.
Additionally, youth activists Charlotte Iradukunda, Jessica Hernandez, and Layla Bagwell of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence received the Peggy C. Charren Free to Be You and Me Award for their work as organizers and an open letter they penned to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The Gloria Awards, named for Gloria Steinem, one of the organization’s founding mothers, is a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantee partners around the country and to recognize leaders who have made an indelible impact on the movement for gender equity at the local, state, and national level. Ms. hampton received the Woman of Vision Award, honoring feminist leaders who create positive change, and Ms. Amanat received the Marie C. Wilson Award, named after the former CEO and President of the Foundation to recognize young, trailblazing feminists.
Gloria Steinem, Ms. Foundation Founding Mother, opened the evening by encouraging guests to get to know one another, work together, and continue to grow the movement. Steinem stated, “past years have resulted in plays, movies, political plots, and love affairs, so unleash your imagination!”
Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation has invested over $65 million to build grassroots movements fighting for gender equity, particularly women of color around the country. This past year, the Ms. Foundation launched a new strategic plan that is committed to investing in and strengthening the capacity of women-of-color-led movements and grassroots organizations that intentionally and inclusively centers women and girls of color.
The Ms. Foundation is determined to center the voices of women of color on the frontlines and bolster them through grantmaking, capacity building, policy and advocacy, leadership development, strategic communications, and political organizing.
dream hampton used her speech to reflect on the current moment, including Georgia’s HB 481, which would ban abortion for all women after six weeks, “We were focusing on voter rights and this old fight we are having to have again. The election was stolen, Brian Kemp stole that election. And today he stole the right of women to choose for themselves.”
Previous Gloria Awards honorees include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay, former Editor-In-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth, the co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg, Sheila Nevins of HBO Documentary Films, Suzanne Lerner of Michael Stars, and Jennifer and Peter Buffett on behalf of the NoVo Foundation.