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National Museum of Women in the Arts Wins Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom

A detail of Judy Chicago's Pasadena Lifesavers Red #5, which was on view at the museum in 'Judy Chicago: Circa ’75' earlier this year.COURTESY NMWA

A detail of Judy Chicago’s Pasadena Lifesavers Red #5, which was on view at the museum in “Judy Chicago: Circa ’75” earlier this year.

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The 2015 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom is being awarded to Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, the museum announced today. It is the first American organization to take home the honor, which comes €20,000 (about $24,400).

Here’s a bit from NMWA’s release about the accolade:

By awarding the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom, the jury wishes to make a contribution to international solidarity, reaffirm women’s rights around the world, guarantee protection for those who currently risk their lives and stand alongside them to defend the ideals of equality and peace.

“The National Museum of Women in the Arts is extremely honored to receive the prestigious Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom,” the museum’s director, Susan Fisher Sterling, said in a statement. “NMWA is dedicated to providing a platform for women’s free expression and filling the void in recognition of women artists past, present and future.”

The jury for the prize, which was created in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author of The Second Sex, is formidable. It follows below, quoted directly from the release.

– Josyane Savigneau, president of the Simone de Beauvoir Prize jury and journalist at Le Monde
– Julia Kristeva, founding president Simone de Beauvoir Prize, professor at Université Paris Diderot, writer and psychoanalyst
– Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, honorary president of the Simone de Beauvoir Prize jury
– Élisabeth Badinter, philosopher
– Gérard Bonal, writer
– Constance Borde, co-author of English translation of Le Deuxième Sexe de Simone de Beauvoir
– Denis Charbit, professor of French civilization at University of Tel Aviv
– Cécile Decousu, PhD candidate, Université Paris Diderot
– Annie Ernaux, writer
– Claire Etcherelli, writer
– Madeleine Gobeil-Noel, former director of Arts and Cultural Life at UNESCO
– Sihem Habchi, former president “Ni pute ni soumise”
– Liliane Kandel, sociologist
– Ayse Kiran, PhD, University of Haceteppe, Ankara, Turkey
– Claude Lanzmann, writer, filmmaker and director of the magazine Les Temps Modernes
– Bjorn Larsson, writer and professor at University of Lund, Sweden
– Liliane Lazar, International Simone de Beauvoir Society, professor at Hofstra University
– Annette Lévy-Willard, writer and journalist at Libération
– Anne-Marie, senator and president of Conseil des Femmes, Wallonie, Belgium
– Frédéric Maget, writer
– Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, co-author of English translation of Le Deuxième Sexe de Simone de Beauvoir
– Kate Millett, American writer, painter and sculptor
– Yvette Roudy, former French minister for women’s rights, 1981–86
– Danièle Sallenave, writer
– Alice Schwarzer, writer
– Margaret Simons, professor of philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, U.S.
– Annie Sugier, president, International League of Women’s Rights
– Linda Weil-Curiel, lawyer
– Anne Zelensky, writer president of the League of Women’s Rights, co-founded with Simone de Beauvoir

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