The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has named activist Gloria Steinem as the winner of the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. She will receive her prize during the 10th annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize Gala on November 1.
Sharon Rab, the founder and co-chair of the organization, had this statement in the press release: “Gloria Steinem’s words have changed the world, not only opening horizons for the female half of the world’s population, but also opening the hearts and minds of men to the issues women have faced from the beginning of time. Her work reflects the issues that have been the focus of winning Dayton Literary Peace Prize books over the last decade: issues of race, class, gender, and their connections to violence.”
Steinem has been working on a memoir entitled My Life on the Road. This project marks the first time she has written a book in more than 20 years. Some of the past winners of this award include The Things They Carried author Tim O’Brien, The Poisonwood Bible author Barbara Kingsolver, and March author Geraldine Brooks.