Feminist Actress to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Meryl Streep, a two-time Academy Award winner, has been chosen to receive the 32nd American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout her career, Streep has selected strong women's roles, from a Polish Holocaust survivor in "Sophie's Choice" to writer Susan Orlean in "Adaptation." In "Silkwood," she portrays Karen Silkwood, a nuclear plant worker and union activist who died in a suspicious car crash while trying to expose the plant's negligence in safety. Streep has been active in social causes, including the Feminist Majority's Campaign to End Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan. Streep is also an advocate for better roles and better compensation for women in the film industry.
Streep has won Academy Awards for her roles in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Sophie's Choice," and just this year passed Katherine Hepburn as the actress with the most Academy Award nominations. "Meryl Streep is one of the great artists in the history of American film. Her talent, range, and determination to master her craft bring out performances that sometimes border on the ethereal," said Sir Howard Stringerm chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.
Streep will be only the sixth woman to receive AFI's top award since its inception in 1973. The other women who have received the award are Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand.
Media Resources: AFI release 10/17/03; Feminist Majority
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .