Gloria Steinem, Alicia Keys named honourees of Diane von Furstenberg awards
Gloria Steinem at the premiere of the documentary 'Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert,' in New York on March 13, 2014. (/Starpix / Dave Allocca)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 10:30PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Designer Diane von Furstenberg, who made fashion news this year with the 40th anniversary of her famous wrap dress, is honouring an icon of the women's movement: Gloria Steinem.
Steinem, who turned 80 last week, will be receiving the Lifetime Leadership Award at the annual DVF awards Friday evening in a ceremony at the United Nations.
Also being honoured: Singer Alicia Keys, who receives the Inspiration Award.
Some high-profile presenters will be on hand, including Meryl Streep and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support "women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women."
Each DVF award winner receives $50,000 for her chosen cause.