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Celebrating Women Breakfast

In 1987, a small group of visionary women from diverse backgrounds joined forces to found The New York Women’s Foundation. Their goal was to identify and fund community organizations in New York City run by and for women whose programs assisted low-income women and girls in need of critical services and economic independence. The next spring, The Foundation held its first Celebrating Women Breakfast in a crowded church hall where $50,000 was awarded to our first 4 grantee partners.

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Join us at the 2019 Celebrating Women Breakfast on Tuesday, May 14th!

Celebrating Women Breakfast
is on TUESDAY, May 14, 2019.

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Today, the New York Women’s Foundation’s annual Breakfast is the premiere fundraising event for women of consciousness with 2,400 attendees standing with women and girls in New York City.

However, as anyone who has ever been at a Breakfast will tell you it is not about the numbers. The Breakfast is about honoring the strength and courageof our grantee partners, who find groundbreaking solutions to seemingly intractable problems. The Breakfast is about honoring the visionary women who serve as role models, leaders and philanthropists. And last, but certainly not least, the Breakfast is about honoring our Board, Alumnae and volunteerswhose courage and fierce determination sustain and inspire us to keep moving forward.


The Awards

Celebrating Women Award: Given to a woman whose significant achievements have influenced the lives of – and provided a role model for – women and girls.

Vision Award: Given to a strategic philanthropist whose contributions are directed towards women and girls.

Century Award: Honors a woman leader whose social activism, strategic philanthropy and work on behalf of low-income women spans many decades


The Walking Staff Award

“I am proud to have this fabulous walking stick – (laughter) – which I will try to put to good use – either leaning on it or wielding it for whatever is the better purpose.” Hillary Rodham Clinton on receiving her CWB Walking Stick Award.

The idea for the walking staff came from Youth Empowerment Mission, Inc. (YEM)*, one of our grantee partners, who suggested we give the women we honor this classic symbol of wisdom, strength and forward motion. Since 2007, young women in YEM’s Blossom Program for Girls have used their talent and ingenuity to decorate each staff with words, symbols and pictures that signify the contribution made by the woman being honored. The staffs, made from locally harvested wood, symbolize the trailblazing role of the women whom we honor, as well as the energy, creativity and enterprise of our grantee partners.

*Founded in 1995, YEM is a community-based organization serving the critical needs of young people living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the surrounding communities of Central Brooklyn.

2018 Award Recipients

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    Celebrating Women Award

    Tarana Burke
    Founder and Leader of #MeToo Movement, Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity
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    Celebrating Women Award

    Kimberlé Crenshaw
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum Professor of Law
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    Vision Award

    The New York Community Trust and their President Lorie A. Slutsky
    Lorie A. Slutsky, President, The New York Community Trust

2017 Award Recipients

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    Recipient of the 30th Anniversary Recognition Award

    Board Alumnae
    The New York Women's Foundation
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Ana María Archila
    Co-Executive Director of Center for Popular Democracy and Founder of Make the Road New York
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    Recipient of the Vision Award

    Anne E. Delaney
    Philanthropist, Artist, and Former Board Chair of The New York Women's Foundation
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Marley Dias
    Social Activist and Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Donna Lieberman
    Executive Director of New York Civil Liberties Union
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Vivian Denise Nixon
    Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Cecile Richards
    President of Planned Parenthood
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Linda Sarsour
    Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, Co-Leader of the 2017 Women's March

2016 Award Recipients

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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Tory Burch
    CEO & Designer, Tory Burch Founder, Tory Burch Foundation
    Founder, Tory Burch Foundation
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    Recipient of the Celebrating Women Award

    Elizabeth A. Sackler
    Human Rights Activist
    Founder, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
    Chair, Brooklyn Museum
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    Recipient of the Vision Award

    The Young Women’s Initiative (YWI)
    The nation’s first ever-initiative to invest in young women of color
    New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, YWI Co-Chairs Danielle Moss Lee and Joanne Smith, and YWI Advisory Council Co-Chairs Gloria Malone and Amanda Matos

Previous Award Recipients

The Century Award
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Soffiyah Elijah
  • Leymah Gbowee
  • Dolores C. Huerta
  • Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai
  • Gloria W. Milliken
  • Jessamyn W. Rodriguez
The Vision Award
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Tina Brown
  • Jennifer Buffett
  • Anne E. Delaney
  • Abigail E. Disney
  • Barbara Dobkin
  • Stephanie Schwartz Ferdman
  • Barbara Denning Finberg
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Agnes Gund
  • Polly W. Guth
  • Helen LaKelly Hunt
  • Swanee Hunt
  • Sheila C. Johnson
  • Billie Jean King
  • The New York Community Trust and their President Lorie A. Slutsky
  • Edith Blakeslee Phelps
  • Barbara Scott Prieskel
  • Sara Lee Schupf
  • The Women of Meeting Point International, Uganda
  • Joan Melber Warburg
  • Joan H. Wei
The Celebrating Women Award
  • Jan Abernathy
  • Madeleine K. Albright
  • Christiane Amanpour
  • Ana Maria Archila
  • Brenda Berkman
  • Christine Beshar
  • Amalia Betanzos
  • Diana Brooks
  • Gretchen Buchenholz
  • Tarana Burke
  • Alice Cardona
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Irene Diamond
  • Marley Dias
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Eve Ensler
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dr. Dorothy Height
  • Maria Hinojosa
  • Judith Jamison
  • Judith Kehoe
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Geraldine Laybourne
  • Lilly Ledbetter
  • Donna Lieberman
  • Rachel Lloyd
  • Vivian Denise Nixon
  • Dr. Muriel Petioni
  • Karen A. Phillips
  • Ai-jen Poo
  • Queen Latifah
  • Lisa Quiroz
  • Merble Reagon
  • Cecile Richards
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Ann R. Roberts
  • Kathy Rodgers
  • Dr, Helen Rodriguez-Trias
  • Celina Romany
  • Rosita M. Romero
  • Margarita Rosa
  • Linda Sarsour
  • Hildy Simmons
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Isabel Carter Stewart
  • Marie C. Wilson

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