Meghan Markle set to receive top award for ’empowering women’

The Duchess of Sussex is set to receive the 2023 Woman Of Vision award from Gloria Steinem in New York on Tuesday.

Ms Foundation’s Women of Vision Award recognises women who have had a significant positive impact in their respective fields.

The award will be handed out at Ms Foundation’s annual gala on 16 May at New York City’s Ziegfeld Ballroom, as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration.

Ms Foundation is a Brooklyn-based organization works to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of colour and low-income women who are living in poverty.

Meghan will receive the award for “her global advocacy to empower and advocate on behalf of women and girls” from Steinem, Ms Foundation’s co-founder.

The famed feminist is a close friend of the Duchess of Sussex.

Remarking on Steinham’s activism work, Meghan has previously said: “She reminds me that when you have anger, you have to channel that energy into something that makes a difference. That’s what activism is. It’s about how we show up.”

The Duchess will receive the award alongside Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown, Wanda Irving, co-founder of Dr Shalon’s Maternal Action Project, and Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of URGE.

Abortion rights activist Olivia Julianna and LGBTQ+ advocate Rebekah Bruesehoff are also set to be honoured.

“Meghan, LaTosha, Wanda, Kimberly, Olivia, and Rebekah are incredible leaders,” Teresa C. Younger, Ms Foundation president and CEO, said in a statement.

“We are grateful to be able to shine a light on their many accomplishments and tireless work on behalf of gender and racial equity across the country and the world.”

The gala will take place at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Ballroom 10 days after the Coronation of King Charles III.

The Duke of Sussex attended the historic day without his wife, Meghan and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

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