Past Honorees

The Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award event is held annually in May to honor those who inspire us.

2015 - Minh Dang

minhDangMinh Dang, MSW is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice.


She provides training and technical assistance to NGOs, Universities, and government agencies across the country. Minh is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors.
2014 - Joe Torre
Joe Torre is Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. Torre is the Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which he and his wife, Ali, launched in 2002. The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation’s mission is to develop educational programs that will end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. Torre was unanimously elected to be inducted to National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Joe Torre is the first male Honoree of the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award.
2013 - Lee Woodruff
Lee Woodruff is a best-selling author, journalist and advocate for injured veterans. As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. They founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist wounded service members and their families in receiving long-term care and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities. Lee Woodruff also wrote Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress and Those We Love Most. She currently works at CBS’s This Morning.
2012 - Stacey Patton
Dr. Stacey Patton is a noted author, writer, academic, child advocate and facilitative trainer. In 2007, before the age of 30, Dr. Patton published her first book That Mean Old Yesterday, a memoir about her childhood experiences growing up in New Jersey’s foster care system. Because of her childhood experiences, Dr. Patton has made it her mission to use her writing and her voice to be a change maker for abused and foster children and all children pushed to the margins of American life.
2011 - Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold is best known for her painted story quilts – art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has exhibited in major museums around the world. She is in the permanent collection of many museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her first book, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among numerous other honors.
2010 - C. Vivian Stringer
A 2009 inductee into the coveted Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, C. Vivian Stringer is the first coach to lead 3 different programs to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Named one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated in 2003, Stringer continues to be one of the most recognized coaches in the game of basketball and in life. Her story is chronicled in the memoir Standing Tall, a New York Times best-seller.
2009 - Nancy Snyderman
Dr. Nancy Snyderman is an acclaimed author, renowned spokesperson on public health issues, and NBC News Chief Medical Editor with reports appearing on Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, MSNBC and Dr. Snyderman advocates for improved public policy on healthcare issues and promotes a healthier future for our communities.

2008 - Jean Kilbourne
Dr. Jean Kilbourne is internationally known for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. She is the author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and the creator of several award-winning films, including the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series.

2007 - Nell Merlino
Nell Merlino is founder, President and CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of business loans and resources for women. Additionally, over 71 million Americans have participated in Take Our Daughters to Work Day, an annual event which she designed and produced for the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993.
2006 - Nina Totenberg
Nina Totenberg, renowned legal correspondent and journalist reports on the Supreme Court and other issues with clarity and detail that can be easily understood by her audience. She educates the public about the Supreme Court and how their rulings affect the lives of women and families.
2005 - Kent Manahan
Kent Manahan is an Emmy Award winning senior news anchor, documentary producer and host for NJN, the only TV network serving New Jersey. She is dedicated to informing citizens about issues of statewide importance, including homeland security, education and the elderly. Her nationally broadcast documentary entitled Battered Wives, Shattered Lives told a compelling story of the damage caused by domestic abuse. Her community efforts include serving as chair of the Jersey Battered Women’s Services Capital Campaign.
2004 - Emily Mann
Emily Mann is a Tony Award winning playwright who has made outstanding contributions to the theater and her community. The characters in her plays are often women who have experienced isolation, discrimination and violence in their lives. Victims and survivors of domestic violence can relate to Ms. Mann’s style of theater in which she “gives voice to the voiceless.”
2003 - Linda Fairstein
Linda Fairstein was head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan DA’s office from 1976-2002. During her tenure with the DA’s office, Ms. Fairstein was instrumental in the development and implementation of victim-centered investigation and prosecution. She has written a series of best-selling crime novels, as well as a non-fiction book, Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape.
2002 - Lindy Boggs
The Honorable Lindy Boggs is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana and the mother of our founder Barbara Boggs Sigmund. Mrs. Boggs’ commitment to making equitable treatment and opportunities for women important to lawmakers set precedent for government action and progress in the private sector. She sponsored and supported legislation that changed the rights of women and children in this country.
2001 - Ann, Pat & Sandy
Ann, Pat and Sandy are survivors of domestic violence who tell their stories to the camera for the Womanspace video Bridges to Safety. They shared their own painful experiences to break the silence surrounding domestic violence. Their personal courage is evident in the video and their willingness to publicly acknowledge their struggle demonstrates the triumph of victims who have become survivors.
2000 - Star Jones
Star Jones is the Emmy Award winning co-host of ABC’s The View. Aside from her television success, Ms. Jones was a prosecutor for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, often assigned cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. After three years of general trials, she was assigned to the Homicide Bureau, where her outstanding work earned her a promotion to Senior District Attorney in 1991.
1999 - Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author who has addressed the lives of women and their families as a reporter, columnist and author. She was the first woman columnist for the New York Times. Her novel, Black and Blue, tells the story of an abused woman who escapes her violent home and makes a new life for herself and her son.
1998 - Pat Ciarrocchi
Pat Ciarrocchi is the Emmy Award winning anchor of KYW-TV’s Eyewitness News This Morning. Pat’s community involvement and commitment to educating the public about domestic violence has impacted our local television viewing area. She has helped produce and has appeared in public service announcements about domestic violence.
1997 - Diane Sawyeri
Diane Sawyer’s distinguished career in journalism reflects her dedication to educate the public through the media. Her narration of the documentary film, Domestic Violence: Faces of Fear, brought critical information about family violence into homes around the country. Ms. Sawyer frequently investigates and reports on issues that affect women and children.
1996 - Anne W. Richards
Ann W. Richards delivered the Keynote Address at the Democratic Convention in 1988 reminding the nation that we all work for a future that is good for our children and grandchildren, and that what we have today must be nurtured and passed along to following generations. She was elected Governor of Texas in 1990, capping a career that included roles as teacher, civil rights activist, county commissioner, and State Treasurer.
1996 - Mary Alice Williams
President of a media and production firm, Mary Alice Williams’ celebrated career includes award winning films on women, work and the American family. “Picture What Women Do,” broadcast on ABC/Lifetime, won the 1995 Exceptional Merit Award given by the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 1982 she was appointed Vice President of CNN, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in American television. Her work in the media has successfully raised awareness and educated the public on the changing roles of women.
1995 - Cokie Roberts
Womanspace honored Cokie Roberts with the first Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award that is named in memory of her sister and Womanspace founder, Barbara Boggs Sigmund. Ms. Robert’s distinguished career as a journalist reflects a family tradition of political involvement. The daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs, who both served in the House of Representatives, she has devoted her career to reporting on the U.S. Congress and analyzing American politics

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