Equality Now, the international human rights organization, is pleased to announce that it will honor renowned activist and writer Gloria Steinem, and award-winning actress Salma Hayek Pinault at its annual Make Equality Reality event this year.

The fundraising gala will return to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the second year in a row, on Monday, November 3rd. The event, will bring together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape.

“Words cannot describe the commitment and spirit of Gloria Steinem and Salma Hayek Pinault who are both champions for women’s rights and justice — and my personal heros!” stated Global Director of Equality Now, Yasmeen Hassan. “Equality Now is proud to honor these dynamic women for their integrity, their courage and their activism that changes the world every day.”

Equality Now Board Member, Gloria Steinem, will be honored for her life-long work for women’s rights during her 80th birthday year. For over 6 decades Steinem has been at the forefront of the women’s rights movement, tackling a diverse range of issues that prevent gender equality, including access to equal employment and political voice, equality in marriage, and all forms of violence against women.

Steinem stated, “I’ve trusted Equality Now for more than two decades as they have worked
around the world to protect the human rights work for women and girls. Their judgment of sound advocacy — from supporting local activism and legal cases that will create lasting change, to changing international legal norms — is second to none. I am proud to partner in Equality Now’s efforts to create a world that we all want to live in.”

Salma Hayek Pinault will receive recognition for her activism to ensure justice and freedom from violence for women and girls.

Hayek Pinault stated, “I am committed to empowering women and girls worldwide and preventing all forms of violence against them. Equality Now has been working to create a just world for women and girls for more than 20 years, and I am pleased to join with them to help make equality a reality for every woman and girl, everywhere.”

The evening will also include special introductions of Steinem by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Hayek Pinault by Quincy Jones. The event committee co-chairs are Sue Smalley, PhD and Paula Ravets, PhD. The honorary host committee is comprised of Tobin Bell, Maria Bello, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Fonda, Alyson Hannigan, Goldie Hawn, Helen Hunt, Christine Lahti, Jay Leno, Jada Pinkett Smith, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Reiser, Meg Ryan, David Steinberg, Joss Whedon and Daphne Zuniga.

Equality Now’s “Make Equality Reality” event is produced by Control Room.

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