The DVF Awards were created last year by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. And after a very successful debut, they’re doing it again. Strong women are recognized for transforming their societies and the lives of other women with $50,000 toward their cause. You can watch videos of the finalists and cast your vote here.
This year’s finalists are: Susannah Shakow, of runningstartonline.org, which helps young women break into politics; Malika Saada Saar of the Rebecca project for helping women in both the U.S. and Africa; Taryn Davis, of American Widow Project, which provides support to the widows of veterans; Lyn Pentecost, whose organization, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, pulls together women of all ages to create a strong network for girls, and Zeinab Eyega of Sauti Yetu (meaning Our Voices in Swahili), which works on sexual and gender-based violence.