Feminist Humanist About
What is the Feminist Humanist Award?
In 1982, the Feminist Caucus established its annual Humanist Heroine Award to recognize outstanding feminists for their significant contributions to the movement. The initial award was presented to Sonia Johnson. Some other Humanist Heroines over the years have included Tish Sommers, Christine Craft, Anne Nicole Gaylor, Patricia Maginnis, Fran Hosken, Cleo Kocol, Carolyn McDade, Sherry Matulis, and Sally Roesch Wagner. In 2017, the Humanist Heroine Award was renamed the "Feminist Humanist Award."
How does someone become a Feminist Humanist Awardee?
The Feminist Humanist Award is bestowed upon individuals who advance the ideals of human rights and especially gender justice using a feminist, non-theological approach. It recognizes those who challenge and seek to transform oppressive norms in phenomenal ways.
This Year's Feminist Humanist Awardee: Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker and Internet Yeller. Her work on race, feminism and other social issues has been featured in The Guardian, The Stranger, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine and more. She is the Editor at Large at The Establishment. Her book, So You Want To Talk About Race was published in January with Seal Press. You can find her yelling on Twitter @ijeomaoluo.
Prior Feminist Humanist Award Recipients
1982 Sonia Johnson 1983 Tish Sommers 1984 Christine Craft 1985 Anne Nicol Gaylor
1986 Patricia Maginnis 1987 Fran P. Hosken 1988 Cleo Kocol 1989 Ann Simonton
1990 Carolyn McDade 1991 Sherry Matulis 1992 Sally Wagner 1993 Barbara Walker
1994 Kristin Lems 1995 Rosemary Matson 1996 Annette Van Howe 1997 Dottie Lamm
1998 Loretta J. Ross 1999 Lorrie Williams 2000 Molly Murphy MacGregor 2001 Diane Russell
2002 Samantha Smoot 2003 Kate Michelman 2004 Aileen Hernandez 2005 Amy Goodman
2006 Julia Sweeney 2007 Robin Morgan 2008 Eleanor Smeal 2009 Norma Ramos
2010 Meg Bowman, Annie Laurie Gaylor (co-recipients) 2011 Judy Norsigian 2012 Debra Sweet
2013 Katha Pollitt 2014 Jessica Valenti 2015 Jean Kilbourne 2016 Medea Benjamin
2017 Susie Bright