Created by California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2004, The Minerva Awards have become the country’s most prestigious awards given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California, the nation and the world.
“This year’s Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others,” said Maria Shriver. “These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them.” Each winner will receive a statuette designed and created by California artist, Michael De Medina. The Women’s Conference also gives each winner a Minerva Prize to continue their remarkable work.
Oprah was one of this year’s Minerva Award recipients, along with Sandra Day O’ Connor, Carolyn Blashek, Oral Lee Brown, and Sister Terry Dodge which has become one of the most prestigious awards given to women humanitarians. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mary J. Blige were amongst some of the presenters at the conference.