Few names are more synonymous with feminism than Gloria Steinem's. The activist, writer, and scholar was one of the most powerful voices behind the feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. For her sixty (count 'em, SIXTY) years of tireless fighting to improve the lives of women everywhere, human rights organization Equality Now is recognizing her lifetime of service this fall. Steinem isn't the only woman to receive accolades from the institution. Actress Salma Hayek Pinault is also set to be honored for her work to end violence against women. While Steinem's involvement in women's rights may have more longevity than Hayek's, she's proven her dedication to ending brutality towards women around the world. Equality Now selected both Steinem and Hayek for their admirable displays of courage and steadfast advocacy in battling for equal treatment of the sexes.
Equality Now has long been a partner in Steinem's crusade for women's liberties. "I've trusted Equality Now for more than two decades as they have worked around the world to protect the human rights work for women and girls," Steinem says. "Their judgment of sound advocacy — from supporting local activism and legal cases that will create lasting change, to changing international legal norms — is second to none."
The two women will officially be recognized next month, at Equality Now's annual gala, "Make Equality Reality," in Beverly Hills on November 3.