Farah Tanis, Woman of Action Award
A dynamic speaker, organizer, author and curator, Farah Tanis is one of the ultimate movement makers. She is an international feminist and human rights activist who co-founded the Black Women’s Blueprint, which envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered. She also curates of the Museum of Women’s Resistance, which examines the diversity, dynamism, and influence of women of African descent and women of color from the Global South. Among many other leadership roles, she is also a teacher and organizer in both the U.S. and the Caribbean and was a 2012 U.S. Human Rights Institute Fellow.
Alice Mann, Mastrobuono Award
Dr. Alice Mann is the only physician currently serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Her defeat of a two-term Republican incumbent in 2018 helped Democrats take back the majority, and since her election she has made health care reform a top priority. She decided to run for office after working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece and helping with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Those experiences, combined with Donald Trump’s election, motivated her to run for office. “I think I’m part of this wave of women who are tired of sitting back and letting things happen to them,” Dr. Mann said during her campaign. Dr. Mann has been the primary author on 22 bills and co-authored another 135 bills, many of which have centered around issues of health, and women’s health.