We vote on fashion face-offs and celebrity marriages we think will fizzle fastest—but how often do we get to vote for a woman who is changing the world?
Inspired by the one of the most iconic catch phrases in the beauty biz—“Because You’re Worth It,” L’Oréal Paris is celebrating its sixth annual Women of Worth program, which rewards women for extraordinary commitments to charitable causes.
From a pool of over 2,100 nominees, 10 finalists have been chosen, and each will receive a $10,000 reward to go towards her charity at an awards dinner sponsored by the beauty giant and Hearst Magazines on December 8th in New York City. The judging panel included philanthropists like CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and L’Oréal Paris president Karen Fondu, among others.
The highlight of the evening won’t be the red carpet—but rather, when one National Honoree is chosen from the group of 10, and awarded with an additional $25,000 for a total of $35,000 in honor of her charity.
The winner will be chosen entirely by public online vote.
From now through November 23rd, you can cast your vote on womenofworth.com, where one vote per email address will be counted, and used to determine which finalist will ultimately be recognized with the grand donation on the evening of the gala.
Below, you’ll find a brief overview of each incredibly worthy finalist, to help guide your choice.
But we have to warn you: it may be the most difficult decision you’ve made in a long time.
Finalists – L’Oréal Women of Worth
Ann Solorio Brownell (San Jose, CA): Founder of The Amanda Network, which provides support and resources to combat bullying as well as the suicide attempts of bullying victims.
Cora White (Madison, WI): CEO, board president and foster parent at the Foster Care Children and Family Fund, an organization that supports children in foster care and out-of-home placement, including education for foster parents and giving every child a gift for the holidays.
Dr. Barbara Summey Marshall (Fayetteville, NC): Volunteer CEO at Steps & Stages: Women Veterans Resource Agency, Inc., an international non-profit that provides essential services, care and support to transitioning female veterans.
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