Women Making History Award Recipients

  • Dr. Maya Angelou  |  Author and Poet (2012)
  • Aesha Ash  |  Former Professional Ballerina/The Swans Dream Project (2016)
  • Kathy Bates  |  Actress, Director, and LE&RN Ambassador (2018)
  • Kristen Bell  |  Actress, Activist, and Mom (2018)
  • Maj Gen. Charles Bolden  |  12th NASA Administrator (2017)
  • Abigail Breslin  |  Actress (2016)
  • Tarana Burke  |  Founder of The 'me too.' Movement  (2018)
  • Dwayne Burnham  |  Chief of Abbott Labs (2010)
  • Ken Burns  |  Documentary Filmmaker (2013)
  • Laura Bush  |  Former First Lady of the United States (2017)
  • Sophia Bush  |  Actress (2014)
  • Johnnetta Cole, Ph.D.  |  Former President, Spellman College and Bennett College, Former Director, NMAFA (2019)
  • France Cordova  |  President, National Science Foundation (2015)
  • Patrisse Cullors  |  Artist, Organizer, and Educator (2018)
  • Viola Davis  |  Actress (2015)
  • Elizabeth Dole  |  Former Senator (2012)
  • Fran Drescher  |  Actress and Healthcare Advocate (2013)
  • Denyce Graves  |  Opera Singer (2013)
  • Helen Greiner  |  Co-Founder, iRobot (2011)
  • Dolores Huerta  |  Civil Rights Activist (2012)
  • Cathy Hughes  |  Founder, Radio One (2011)
  • Gale Anne Hurd  |  Film Producer and Screenwriter (2015)
  • Sally Jewell  |  Secretary of the Interior (2014)
  • Katherine Johnson  |  NASA Mathematician (2014)
  • Lesa France Kennedy  |  CEO, International Speedway Corp (2014)
  • Callie Khouri  |  Producer and Director (2014)
  • Toni Ko  |  Entrepreneur, NYX Cosmetics (2016)
  • Dr. Faye Laing  |  Professor and Radiologist (2017)
  • Cathy Lanier  |  DC Police Chief (2015)
  • Sandra Lee  |  Activist, Philanthropist and Home Life Expert (2019)
  • Annie Leibovitz  |  Renowned Photographer (2012)
  • Marne Levine  |  COO, Instagram (2017)
  • Marissa Mayer  |  CEO, Yahoo (2011)
  • Rita Moreno  |  Actress, Singer, and Entertainer (2013)
  • Gwynne Shotwell  |  President & COO, SpaceX (2017)
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom  |  Documentary Filmmaker (2012)
  • Ellen Ochoa  |  Director, Johnson Space Center (2015)
  • Etta Pisano  |  Doctor and Researcher (2013)
  • Phylicia Rashad  |  Actress and Activist (2013)
  • Diane Rehm  |  Former NPR Host, The Diane Rehm Show (2017)
  • Richard Rhodes  |  Biographer (2012)
  • The Hon. Rosie Rios  |  43rd Treasurer of the United States (2017)
  • Cokie Roberts  |  Award-Winning Journalist and Author (2018)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross  |  Actress (2016)
  • The Hon. Olympia J. Snowe  |  Former Senator (2019)
  • Rebecca Soni/Girl Up  |  United Nations Foundation (2013)
  • Debbie Sterling  |  Founder, Goldiblox (2014)
  • Gabrielle Union  |  Actress, Entrepreneur, and Activist (2018)
  • Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught  |  Founding President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial (2017)
  • Ann Veneman  |  Secretary of Agriculture (2016)
  • Christine Walevska  |  World Renowned Cellist (2016)
  • John Warner  |  Former Senator (2011)
  • Diane Warren  |  Songwriter (2015)
  • Kerry Washington  |  Actress (2017)
  • Virginia Hayes Williams  |  DC’s “First Mother” (2010)
  • Rachel Zoe  |  Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer (2016)