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.
Gina Keatley (New York, NY): CEO and director of nutrition at Nourishing NYC/USA, which is a community food initiative that provides nutrition for those in New York, as well as the greater United States.
Gretchen Holt Witt (Califon, NJ): Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit that raises funds for research for improved treatments for pediatric cancer, which leads the cause of death by disease in children under the age of 18 in the United States.
Pilar Pinel (Long Beach, CA): Founder of Embracing Latina Leadership Alliances (ELLAS), which mentors and supports the education, career and political advancement of Latina youth.
Shanta Barton Stubbs (Orlando, FL): Founder of the New Image Youth Center, an organization that counsels, supports and educates at-risk youth, as well as providing a safe haven to stay.
Sheila Warnock (New York, NY): Co-author of Share The Care and founder and president of ShareTheCaregiving, Inc,. which connects caregivers with one another, so they may pool their efforts and resources in order to provide better care for both themselves and loved ones.
Stephanie M. Clark (Atlanta, GA): Founder and national director for Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc,. which advocates and empowers single mothers.
Susan Munsey (San Diego, CA): CEO, executive director and “House Mom” of Generate Hope, which commits to long-term recovery and care of young women who have been sexually abused and exploited.
To vote for one of these women, go to womenofworth.com.
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