Given the trials, tribulations, and successes chronicled in Diane von Furstenberg's 2014 memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, it should come as no surprise that the lady responsible for the revolutionary wrap dress can spot someone else who is also changing the world.
Six years ago, the designer, along with The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, launched the DVF Awards, meant to "honor and support extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive, and the leadership to inspire."
While DVF and her board of advisors decide on the women who will receive such awards as the Inspiration Award and the Lifetime Leadership Award at an event held April 7 in New York City, you have the power to influence the outcome of one award starting now.
On this International Women's Day, the DVF Awards released the 2016 nominees for the People's Voice Award, voted on by the public now throughout the month of March. "This year’s People’s Voice Award honorees are doing incredible work on behalf of women around the world from humanitarian relief to ending forced marriage, and it is a privilege to support them,” von Furstenberg tells InStyle. Learn more about the four nominees below, and cast your votes at dvfawards.com now. The woman who garners the most votes will receive $50,000 from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to further her work.
Emily Greener, co-founder, I Am That Girl
In 2008, Greener joined I Am That Girl, an organization whose aim is to shift girl culture so that young women lift each other up and talk honestly about the things that matter. Each month in InStyle, she gets celebrities like Lea Michele, Mindy Kaling, and Amanda Seyfried to open up about the personal issues they've faced, and how they overcame them.
Samantha Nutt, founder War Child
The medical doctor and bestselling author founded the international humanitarian organization War Child in 1993 as the only humanitarian organization focused exclusively on children affected by war. The non-profit works with its partners on programs that provide access to education, skills training, and legal aid to children and their families across the world.
Jess Ladd, founder and CEO of Sexual Health Innovations
This non-profit, founded in 2011, is dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health and well-being in the United States through initiatives like Callisto, an online sexual assault reporting system for colleges, and So They Can Know, an STD notification website.
Fraidy Reiss, founder Unchained at Last
Herself a survivor of an arranged marriage to a husband who turned out to be violent, Reiss founded Unchained to assist women and young girls in similar situations with legal aid and emotional support, as well as move legislation forward that will protect women—no matter their age, race, religion or economic status—from such marriages.