Watch this video to learn more about Lady Godiva’s legacy and our program.
As the legend is told, Lady Godiva rode unclothed on horseback through the streets in protest of the taxation imposed on her townspeople by her husband, the Lord of Coventry. During her ride, the townspeople stayed indoors to preserve her modesty and thank her for her generosity. Lady Godiva's courage prevailed and the taxation was lifted.
It is in honor of that legacy that GODIVA proudly celebrates the three-year anniversary of the Lady GODIVA Program, which celebrates inspirational women around the world. The Lady GODIVA Program highlights and honors extraordinary women who embody the spirit of Lady Godiva through their attributes of selflessness, generosity and leadership.
Annual Lady GODIVA Program Honorees
Each year, the Lady GODIVA Program recognizes women making a difference in three categories:
- Health, Wellness and Hunger: For women making a difference through their efforts in the fields of medicine, mental health or general well-being, as well as women who are fighting to alleviate hunger in local communities.
- Children, Families and Poverty: For women who focus directly on improving the lives of children and families, including initiatives in childhood education, foster care, services for families in need, and initiatives aimed at reducing poverty, such as job training.
- Environment: For women who are dedicated to saving the environment, alleviating climate change, preserving conservation rights, fighting on behalf of endangered animals, and other related causes.
Three honorees -- one representing each category -- will receive a $10,000 grant to support her work. Join us by nominating or voting for the next Lady GODIVA Program Honorees.
2015 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees
Lynne Silver is the Founder and Executive Director of Adopt International, a licensed adoption agency that works tirelessly to place children in loving homes and support their families for years to come.
Lori Flowers is the Executive Director and co-founder of Triple Step Toward the Cure, a non-profit organization that works to support women across the country with triple negative breast cancer.
Laurelee Blanchard is the Director of the Leilani Farm Sanctuary, home to 200 rescued animals, including goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, cats, geese, pigs, tortoises, and a deer.
Stephanie Bowman founded One Heart for Women and Children, a vital source of support for needy families and individuals in central Florida.
Erin Dinan heads a New York City nonprofit called One Sandwich at a Time, which brings up to 50 people together to make 1,000 sandwiches for local homeless shelters at each monthly event.
Molly Rockamann started an apprenticeship program at EarthDance farm in St. Louis to educate the next generation of organic farmers.
Heidi Markow founded the Beginning Over Foundation after losing her sister to domestic violence in order to help other women gain control of their lives—and survive. Whether she's fighting for legislation to protect victims or raising money for families in need, Heidi keeps her sister's memory alive through her activism.
We were proud to honor Lauren Bush Lauren, Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, as our Inaugural Lady GODIVA Honoree. Lauren and the FEED team have provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 countries throughout the world through the United Nations WFP.