Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger Honored as a Leader Who Invents a Better Future

Jan 04, 2010, 16:45 ET from Girl Scouts of the USA

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year since 2002 Women's eNews has held a gala to celebrate the achievements of 21 people who have bettered the lives of women and girls worldwide. Why 21 Leaders? The fact that 21 is the smallest number we could use says so much about the vitality of women's movement worldwide, whittling the nominations down that much is such a hard task!

During the autumn, Women's eNews asks its readers and previous nominees to nominate leaders committed to improving the lives of women. Staff and the board of directors review the nominees submitted and winnows the list--looking to fully diversify the leadership class: someone in her 80s; another in her teens; many women of color; women of different faiths; some women of means; others grass roots activists; and international activists. Finally, each year, at least one man--a very competitive spot.

This years Leaders will be announced on January 1st the 21 Leaders Gala will be held on May 6th, 2010 at Juremiah Essex House in New York.

Seven Who Invent a Better Future

Robin Abrams - Utlizing Technology to bring women and girls together

Andrea Arroyo - a Mexican Born artist focusing eyes on gendered violence in Mexico

Cecilia Boone - philanthropist and fighter for social justice

Vivian Castleberry - legendary journalist and peace make

Salome Chasnoff - documentary maker giving young women tools to use their voice

Kathy Cloninger - CEO of Girl Scouts of America forging leadership

Martha Diaz - Banning sexism and bringing social justice to Hip Hop

Seven Who Rewrite the Rules

Michael G Dowd - defending women's rights in the face of domestic violence in court

Patricia Gruber - awarding women the funds to carry out their community changing work

Ilene Lang - breaking down barriers for women in the workplace

Dr. Ana Langer - CEO of Engender Health supporting programs for women's health worldwide

Tonya Lewis Lee - agent of change for African American Maternal Health

Dr Sarwat S Malik - Founder of the Muslim Women's Fund coupling gender equality and Islam

Maria do Socorro Melo Brandao - Boosting women's creative skills to change their lives in Brazil

Seven Who Seize Autonomy

Nell Melino - supporter of women's entrepreneurship and creator Take your Daughter to Work

Oraia Reid - providing the RightRides to make women and LGBTQ people safer late at night

Edit Schlaffer - organizing women worldwide to become active in their lives and situations

Dr. Pernessa C. Seele - Minister for Medicine, challenging HIV/AIDS in the black community

Eveline Shen - Fighting for reproductive rights and safety with young women and women of color

Jennifer Stockman - a face of the Republican reproductive choice majority

Jen Taylor Friedman - Jewish scholar defeating gender roles in her religion

For previous winners check

SOURCE Girl Scouts of the USA