Global Women’s Rights Awards 2023: Defending Democracy + Advancing Equality


In a world where the fight for equality and democracy remains ever important, the Feminist Majority Foundation Gala, in collaboration with Ms. Magazine, stood as a beacon of hope and celebration. This remarkable event brought together advocates, activists, and supporters to honor the progress made in advancing equality and defending democracy, while acknowledging the incredible work of inspiring individuals who have made a significant impact. The event served as a reminder of the power of collective action and the importance of continuing the fight for a more just and equitable society. Thank you to my editor at Ms. Magazine, Carmen Rios, for all her work to make this event incredible.

Ms. Magazine, a pioneering force in feminist journalism, celebrates 50 years with a new book coming on Sept 19, 2023! I am honored to write for Ms. Magazine–click here to read my stories.

One of the highlights of the evening was the recognition of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to advancing equality and defending democracy. These honorees, beacons of inspiration, were celebrated for their unwavering commitment to social justice and their relentless pursuit of a better world. The fight for equality is ongoing and requires steadfast dedication to create a more inclusive and just society.

I am in awe of the power of unity, activism, and the tireless efforts of organizations like the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine. This powerful network of changemakers and advocates will continue to challenge the status quo and work towards a more equitable future.

We must continue to support each other and keep working for a better world. The event was a powerful reminder that each person can make a difference, and that, together, we can create a future where all individuals can thrive and live in a truly just society.

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi receiving her award

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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