Women of the Year

Three remarkable women will be honored for their contributions to the community at an event that also will feature one of the icons of the women’s movement: Gloria Steinem.

The sixth annual Women of the Year reception, sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus at Seattle University School of Law, will honor women who have worked tirelessly to make a difference for others. Steinem is the keynote speaker. The invitation-only reception is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9.

Three women will be named Women of the Year:

Ardith Gray DeRaad
A true civic leader, Ardith Gray DeRaad is the founder and president of the Alliance Against Domestic Violence. She has earned many awards for her visionary leadership, including a prestigious nod from the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence for her dynamic leadership to stop violence against women. Additionally, DeRaad continues to work full-time at Washington State University in human resources for eight northwestern Washington counties. She also helped found several service organizations including Professionals for Choice and the Puyallup Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. DeRaad’s rich, 40-year history of community leadership and volunteerism identifies her as an outstanding role model for women of our time.

Bonnie Glenn
Bonnie Glenn is the first African American woman to serve as deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. With exceptional dedication, Glenn has mentored countless young people, ranging from at-risk youth to women in the law. In her brilliant career of civic and community involvement, she has served in many prominent leadership positions including past president of the Loren Miller Bar Association and current president of African American Dollars for Scholars. In her current role serving as a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Glenn works on issues of diversity in education and legal research. She inspires us all with her vigor for mentoring and her dedication to the quest for justice in all areas of civil rights.

Assunta Ng
Born in China, Assunta Ng left Hong Kong at the tender age of 18 in search of a role model only to become one herself as the founder of the Seattle Chinese Post and the Northwest Asian Weekly. She is the first Chinese female Rotarian in the world, and the first person of color to receive the Society of Professional Journalists’ distinguished service award. Ng is known for her passion and deep commitment to her community of women, overseeing efforts to raise close to $1 million for those in need. Her tireless efforts for the betterment of all have earned her many honors, including being named a 2005 Woman of Influence for her substantial contributions to Washington’s business communities.

Steinem is an undeniable icon in the women’s rights movement, the ultimate feminist, with a career spanning four decades as a writer and activist. Defying convention, a young Steinem crafted her own career as a freelance journalist when few women journalists existed and almost none covered politics. The founder of Ms. Magazine in 1972, Steinem has spent a lifetime promoting her definition of feminism: the idea that women are full human beings. For decades, she has inspired women of all ages to fight for their rights and defend the rights of others. A best-selling author, Steinem continues to speak out for women’s rights, promoting “sisterhood” among women, regardless of political party, race, religion or economic status.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with the honorees or Steinem, contact Katherine Hedland Hansen, director of communications, at (206) 398.4108 or hedlandk@seattleu.edu.

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