Meet the honorees:


Writer and media activist


Author and professor


Advocate, author, and artist


Edie Windsor Foundation and LGBT+ advocate


Journalist and media leader


Journalist and author

Event Details:

Tuesday September 17, 2019

Doors 6pm
Cocktail reception 6pm-7pm
Awards and dinner 7pm

Tickets and Tables

PLATINUM SPONSOR'S TABLE—$50,000.00—Two premier tables for twenty-four guests; recognition as Presenting sponsor; recognition and logo placement in printed materials, Gala journal, and online.

AUTHOR'S CIRCLE TABLE—$25,000.00—Prime table for twelve guests; recognition as Author’s Circle sponsor; recognition and logo placement in printed and online materials, including Gala journal.

PUBLISHER'S CIRCLE TABLE—$10,000.00—Preferred table for ten guests; recognition as Publisher’s Circle sponsor; recognition and logo placement in both printed and online materials, including Gala journal.

EDITOR'S CIRCLE TABLE—$7,500.00—Table for ten guests; recognition as Editor’s Circle sponsor in printed and electronic journal.

ILLUSTRATOR'S CIRCLE TABLE—$5,000.00—Table for eight guests; recognition as Illustrator’s Circle sponsor in printed and electronic journal.

VIP TICKET—$750.00—Prime dinner seating: Includes access to cocktail party, open bar, dinner, program, VIP gift, and dessert.

GENERAL TICKET—$500.00—Dinner seating: Includes access to cocktail party, open bar, dinner, program, gift, and dessert.

FUTURE IS FEMINIST—$350.00—Dinner seating: Includes access to cocktail party, open bar, dinner, program, gift, and dessert. Must be thirty five or under. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE.

About the venue

Taj II
48 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010


Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and media critic whose writing appears regularly in national and international media including The Atlantic, The Nation, The Verge, Quartz, TIME, Salon, the Guardian, and the New Statesman. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, an initiative dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation. She currently serves on the national board of the Women's Media Center and Women, Action & the Media, as well as on the advisory council of the Center for Democracy & Technology, VIDA, and Common Sense Media. As an activist, Chemaly has spearheaded multiple successful campaigns challenging corporations to address online harassment and abuse, restrictive content moderation and censorship, and institutional biases that affect free speech.

Chemaly has been awarded numerous honors, including the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press’s Women and Media Award and a Wikipedia Distinguished Service Award. She is the author of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.  She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women's rights, sexual violence, and free speech. 

Dr. Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She teaches courses on Black feminist theory, Black intellectual thought, hip hop, gender, and media. Cooper is the author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press 2017), winner of the Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Prize for Top Book in U.S. Intellectual History, and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s Press 2018), named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Atlantic, and the New York Public Library, among others. It is a finalist for the 2019 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is also coeditor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017) and cofounder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and blog. A recipient of many other fellowships and awards for her writing, scholarship, and activism, Cooper is a widely sought-after public speaker at universities throughout the country and an in-demand commentator for radio, podcasts, and television. Her work and words have appeared at MSNBC, BET, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, New York Magazine, Salon, Cosmopolitan, and The Root.

Ambassador Swanee Hunt made her mark as a civic leader and philanthropist in Denver, where for two decades she led initiatives on social-justice issues such as public education, women’s empowerment, gay rights, and mental-health reform for two mayors and the governor. In the midnineties, she served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations in the neighboring Balkan states. She is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As founder of Hunt Alternatives, her work has spanned more than three decades and sixty countries, advancing innovative approaches to systemic change at local, national, and global levels. In 2007 Hunt was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Along with three syndicated columns, Hunt has authored articles for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, CNN.com, and others. Three of her four books center on the experience of women: Half-Life of a Zealot, This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, and Rwandan Women Rising. A widely exhibited photographer and a composer, she was married to international conductor and impresario Charles Ansbacher. Her world includes their three children and a menagerie of cat, parrot, horses, bison, and grandchildren.

Judith Kasen-Windsor consults with several nonprofit organizations in the LGBT+ space in the New York City area. She is the Finance Chair of the New York City Wells Fargo PRIDE Team Member Network. In 2015 Kasen-Windsor received the Five Star Wealth Managers Award from New York Magazine. Kasen-Windsor was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. 

Kasen-Windsor was married to LGBT+ rights activist Edie Windsor (1929–2017), whose memoir A Wild and Precious Life (St. Martin’s Press) will be published this October.

Cindi Leive is a journalist, media leader, and advocate for women. A cultural critic who appears frequently on TV and at live events, she is the former editor in chief of both Glamour and Self magazines; the force behind barrier-breaking initiatives like Glamour’s Women of the Year, the country's preeminent event showcasing women, and The Girl Project, which supports girls’ education; and the author or producer of numerous books, including the 2018 New York Times bestseller Together We Rise, about the making of the Women's March. Leive has interviewed heads of state, Hollywood and fashion’s biggest personalities, and iconic leaders from all walks of life. Her many awards and honors include recognition from the White House, the United Nations, and various media organizations. She is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center.

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York Magazine. A National Magazine Award winner, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon,and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger, named one of 2018's ten best books by The Washington Post, as well as two previous books, All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry. She lives in New York with her family.


About the Feminist Power Awards:

The Feminist Press Annual Feminist Power Awards are presented to visionaries whose leadership advances human rights, dignity, and empowerment. This yearly celebration is attended by a dynamic group of 200 leaders in business, arts, politics, community, and culture, active in support of women’s, LGBTQ, and diversity issues.

Past honorees and presenters have included Mariam Chamberlain, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eve Ensler, Aydian Dowling, Jane Fonda, Marilyn French, Kathleen Hanna, Arianna Huffington, Deborah Santana, Teri Hines, Sheila Johnson, Marcy Syms, Kerry Kennedy, Janet Mock, Mira Nair, Gloria Steinem, Cyndi Lauper, Jules Spector, Uma Thurman, Alice Walker, Barbara Walters, Jill Soloway, Chirlane McCray, and Joan Jett.

The 2019 Feminist Power Awards will be held on September 17 at Taj Lounge.

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