Actress and Activist Recognized by Iconic Women’s Organization for Her Contributions to Latina Empowerment
Eva Longoria, actress, advocate and philanthropist, will be awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala on Friday, June 7, 2013 in Washington D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Height’s contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial justice and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
“At a time when women are growing as a powerful force in American culture and politics, we are delighted to honor Eva Longoria for her activism, especially for her efforts to encourage all women to exercise their right to vote,” said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D.
She added, “Through her willingness and commitment to reach out and inspire women in diverse communities across the country to get involved in the political process and take on leadership roles, she exemplifies the life and work of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height. We are truly honored that Eva Longoria will join us at the 2013 YWCA Annual Conference in June.”
Eva Longoria said, “As a longtime admirer of the programs the YWCA offers to empower women of all backgrounds, I am truly honored to receive this award. She added, “I am looking forward to visiting Washington and celebrating the accomplishments of the many young leaders at the YWCA for the work that they are doing across the country.”
Eva Longoria is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate in the field of racial justice. She sponsors a number of charities and organizations that help the Latina community at large. She established “The Eva Longoria Foundation” in 2010, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Additionally, she serves as the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. Longoria also co-founded the non-profit organization “Eva’s Heroes” (www.EvasHeroes.org), dedicated to enriching the lives of those with developmental challenges by providing an inclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn, and love.