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Kristen Bell and Kathy Bates are among those set to be honored at this year’s Women Making History Awards in Los Angeles. The seventh annual ceremony, hosted by the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and its Los Angeles Regional Council, commemorates inspiring women who are making significant field-related and global contributions.
The organization, headquartered in Virginia, holds annual ceremonies across the nation in L.A., Washington and Atlanta in order to generate awareness about NWHM, the two-decade campaign to build it at Washington’s National Mall and the importance of preserving women’s history. This year’s L.A. event — which is held annually on the Saturday before the Emmys — will take place Sept. 15 at the Beverly Hilton.
Joining Bell and Bates as L.A. honorees are actress Gabrielle Union and activist Patrisse Cullors. The brunch event, presented by American Airlines, NWHM Board Chair Susan D. Whiting and Morgan Stanley, will recognize all four women for making an impact in their professional endeavors, as well as their philanthropic work in social justice, women and children’s health and safety, and education.
“Our nation’s greatest successes rest on American women’s shoulders, and it’s time to acknowledge their active roles in our history — the roles our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, granddaughters, daughters, and nieces play in the workplace, community, and home,” said Whiting. “Our honorees this year exemplify women’s contributions to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our country. America’s history remains unfinished. It’s time to complete it.”
Beyond their acting careers, Bates currently serves as a spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education and Research Network, while Bell is a co-founder of the social enterprise group This Bar Saves Lives, a granola bar company that works to end childhood malnutrition worldwide. Most recently, the Good Place star joined efforts with Immigrant Families Together and donated the final $4,457 needed to post a detained mother’s bond and help reunite her with her children.
In addition to her fellow actress co-honorees, Union has been involved with several breast health and sexual violence prevention initiatives. As for Cullors, she will be recognized in part for serving as co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and founder of the L.A.-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now.
In May, NWHM honored #MeToo founder Tarana Burke along with ABC News and NPR political correspondent Cokie Roberts at the D.C. ceremony. Past honorees of the Women Making History Award include former first lady Laura Bush, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Maya Angelou, Tracee Ellis Ross, Instagram COO Marne Levine, SpaceX president-COO Gwynne Shotwell, Sophia Bush, Rachel Zoe and Rita Moreno.
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