Founded in 1970, the mission of the Feminist Press is to promote women's voices in literature through publishing works by and about women.
The honorary co-chairs of the gala event, which will be held at Tavern on the Green, include author Barbara Ehrenreich, actress and activist Jane Fonda and comedienne Lily Tomlin and her partner, Jane Wagner.
Barbara ("B.") Smith will emcee the evening, which will feature a film and a reading celebrating the lives of the Feminist Press' Tillie Olsen and Grace Paley. Kathleen Chalfant, Obie winner for Wit, will also be in attendance reading from the works of Grace Paley.
The recipients of the Crossing Borders Awards, which honor significant contributions to the advancement of women, include playwright and activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, The Treatment); musician, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper; Philip A. Berry, vice president, Global Workplace Initiative, Colgate-Palmolive; Linda S. Sanford, senior vice president of Enterprise On Demand Transformation & Information Technology, IBM; and Billie I. Williamson, Americas Director of Flexibility and Gender Equity Strategy, Ernst & Young, LLC.
Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, will present Sue Rosenberg Zalk Awards to the nine women Presidents or Deans of CUNY for their dedication and service to SUNY. The Zalk Award honorees include Michelle Anderson, Dolores M. Fernández, Marcia V. Keizs, Ann Kirschner, Gail O. Mellow, Regina S. Peruggi, Jennifer J. Raab, Kathleen M. Waldron and Carolyn G. Williams.
The Femmy Award for invaluable service to the Feminine Press will be presented to Dorothy O. Helly.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 PM with the gala awards dinner to follow. Tickets are available by calling (212) 838-2660, ext. 20.
For more information on the work of the Feminist Press, visit www.feministpress.org.