Oprah Winfrey to receive Minerva Award

Event happening Oct. 26 at Women's Conference

NEW YORK -- Oprah Winfrey will be among the five women honored with this year's Minerva Awards by California first lady Maria Shriver.

The awards will be presented to the honorees on Oct. 26 at the Women's Conference in Long Beach.

Created by Shriver in 2004, the Minerva Awards honor women "who serve on the frontlines of humanity."

Winfrey will receive the award notably for her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and the Oprah Angel Network. Former Supreme Court judge Sandra Day O'Connor is among the others who will receive the award.

"This year's Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others," said Shriver. "These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them."
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