10 Inspiring Women Who Are Changing Their Communities (and the World!)
Every year since 2006, as part of its Women of Worth program, L'Oreal Paris has honored 10 women who are making differences in their communities and the world. 2015 marks the tenth year of Women of Worth — and the decade-mark has already broken records, with the judging panel working its way through more than 6,000 nominations for the 10 $10,000 awards. Check out what Academy Award winner Julianne Moore has to say about her work with Women of Worth:
Check out this video featuring last year's honorees:
Over the course of the award's history, L'Oreal has honored 22 women advocating for people facing health challenges, eight women championing causes for women in need, six women working tirelessly to support our troops and their families, six women who serve as guardians for victims of domestic violence, 33 women who are heroes for families and youth, and more — including volunteer coordinators, elder care, homeware donation coordinators, nutrition activists, student organizers, firefighters, girls in STEM fields activists, public library advocates.
Here are some of their inspiring stories.
Phyllis Sudman's organization Simon's Fund "provides free heart screenings to children, primarily in the greater Philadelphia area. It also sponsors medical research projects, hosts awareness events, works with major medical institutions, and promotes legislation."
Gretchen Holt Witt's organization Cookies for Kids' Cancer raises "funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the No. 1 disease killer of children in the U.S. We provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses, and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fund-raising events."
Corinne Cannon's organization DC Diaper Bank provides "an adequate and reliable supply of diapers to babies, toddlers and their families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area." Cannon founded the nonprofit when she learned that diapers are not covered by food stamps.
Taryn Davis' organization The American Widow Project "provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing, and hope for a brighter future" for military widows.
Shaaron Funderburk's organization Off the Streets Program "provides a clean, safe and structured environment for women to recover from drug and alcohol addiction and sexual abuse."
Jenny Williamson's organization Courage Worldwide operates in northern California and Tanzania and is "committed to not only rescuing child victims of sex trafficking but also to restoring their lives."
Rachel R. Jackson-Bramwell's organization Project Compassion NFP is "dedicated to promoting the empowerment and enhancement of disadvantaged and low-income women and children with a focus on middle and high school girls."
Brittany Wenger's program Cloud4Cancer harnesses cloud technology and results from fine needle aspirations in the diagnoses of breast cancer.
Stephanie Decker's eponymous organization helps amputee children with prosthetic limbs participate in sports.
Here's her TED talk:
Audra DiPadova Watford's organization the MaxLove Project helps kids who are diagnosed with cancer "thrive against the odds with anticancer nutrition, integrative medicine, and essential research.