NWHM’s de Pizan Honors is literally just around the corner! On Wednesday, Nov 14th, the Museum will celebrate three game-changing women who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields and careers. The Honorable Elizabeth Dole, Annie Leibovitz and Dr. Maya Angelou are this year’s Living Legacy Award winners. Dr. Maya Angelou will accept her award via video acceptance.
The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. A VIP dinner reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the honors ceremony at 7:15 p.m. All ticket holders will be invited to enjoy a desert reception immediately following the award presentations at 8:15 pm. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Leibovitz is receiving the Dorothea Lange Living Legacy Award, named after Lange, an influential American photojournalist best known for her work for the Farm Security Administration whose works helped humanize the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
Leibovitz established a reputation as a leading photographer for the Rolling Stone and then for Vanity Fair. She is renowned for her often cutting-edge photos chronicling historic events and well-known personalities and historical figures. She mounted an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, becoming the second living portraitist and first woman to show there.
Dr. Maya Angelou will receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Living Legacy Award, named after one of the best known American poets in history. Dr. Angelou has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will receive the Clara Barton Living Legacy Award, named after the founder of the American Red Cross. Dole served as President of the American Red Cross from 1991 to 1999 and was the first female head of the Red Cross since its founder, Clara Barton. Dole’s political career included serving as Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Transportation during the Presidency of George H.W. Bush. She was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate from North Carolina and served from 2003 to 2009.