L’Oréal Paris announced on November 4th its 2014 Women of Worth honorees, 10 amazing women who are pursuing their passions to make a beautiful difference in the world. Borne from personal tragedy and triumph, the honorees are celebrated for their innovative approaches to tackling such significant issues as fighting drug addiction, helping homeless veterans, providing diapers for mothers living in poverty and creating a shelter for young victims of human trafficking. Ranging in age from a 19 year-old college student who created a computer program that teaches the cloud how to diagnose breast cancer, to a 62 year-old quadriplegic woman addressing childhood hunger in her city, this group of women joins the 80 esteemed Women of Worth honorees from the past eight years who are creating change in their communities and beyond.
Among the honorees is Phyllis Sudman of Plymouth Meeting. Sudman is the Co-founder of Simon’s Fund, which raises awareness of the warning signs and conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children. Simon’s Fund was founded after Sudman tragically lost her 3-month-old son, Simon.
L’Oréal Paris and nonprofit partner, Points of Light, convened a judging panel that included the editors-in-chief of leading women’s lifestyle publications, to review the thousands of nominations submitted on behalf of an impressive collection of change making women. The 10 who rose to the top will each receive $10,000 from L’Oréal Paris for her charitable cause or project, along with ongoing support and awareness.
“Each year, we are moved and inspired by the thousands of powerful stories we receive through the Women of Worth nomination process. These women are wielding their passion to make an incredible impact on their communities, and beyond,” said L’Oréal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu. “The 2014 Women of Worth honorees are heroic, fearless and true changemakers who deserve to be celebrated, and their stories elevated, to inspire more women to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Now the public is invited to choose this year’s National Honoree, who will receive an additional $25,000 for her cause. Learn about these powerful programs and show support for the woman’s story that resonates most, by voting once per day through November 21, 2014. By visiting WomenofWorth.com, everyone can explore more about each of the honorees before they cast their vote. There is also an opportunity to engage through social media, voting with a “Like” on a post about a favorite honoree on the L’Oréal Paris Facebook page, or by re-tweeting a mention about one of the Women of Worth made by L’Oréal Paris on Twitter. This year’s National Honoree will be announced during a celebration of all of the 2014 Women of Worth on December 2nd in New York.