From a 19-year-old college student who created a computer program that teaches the cloud how to diagnose breast cancer, to a 62-year-old quadriplegic woman addressing childhood hunger in her city, the 2014 Women of Worth honorees are creating change in their communities and beyond.
Meet these 10 inspiring women below and vote for your favorite. The National Honoree chosen by the public's votes will get an additional $25,000 for her cause, on top of the $10,000 each honoree receives.
To vote, visit L’Oréal Paris' WomenofWorth.com, where you can also explore more about the honorees. There is also an opportunity to engage through social media, voting with a “Like” on a post about a favorite honoree on the L’Oréal Paris Facebook page, or by retweeting a mention about one of the Women of Worth made by L’Oréal Paris on Twitter.
You have until Nov. 21 to vote. This year’s National Honoree will be announced during a celebration of all of the 2014 Women of Worth on Dec. 2 in New York.
L’Oréal Paris announced the honorees this week alongside its nonprofit partner, Points of Light. The 2014 Women of Worth are:
- Corinne Cannon – Washington, D.C.; founder and executive director, DC Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization which has distributed over 1 million diapers to mothers in poverty to help reduce maternal stress, founded after Cannon’s own experience as a new mother showed her that even with a strong network of support, stress can affect parents in many ways.
- Stephanie Decker – Sellersburg, Ind.; founder, The Stephanie Decker Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps children with prosthetics engage in sports and provides access to leading-edge prosthetics to those who need them, created after Decker lost both of her legs protecting her young children from the destructive forces of a tornado.
- Shaaron Funderburk – Gastonia, N.C.; founder, Off the Streets Program (OTSP) and OTSP Transitional House, a nonprofit organization providing a home and support for women recovering from drug addiction and homelessness, created following Funderburk’s own recovery.
- Mary K. Hoodhood – Grand Rapids, Mich.; founder, director, Kids’ Food Basket, the largest childhood anti-hunger organization in Michigan which helps underserved children. Despite being quadriplegic, Hoodhood was determined not to let her disability hold her back from helping others and has thus dedicated her time to giving back.
- Rachel Jackson-Bramwell – St. Clair County, Ill.; founder and executive director, Project Compassion and Compassionate Resources Center, a nonprofit that provides support for the St. Clair County and Greater St. Louis-areas homeless and low-income women and children, often overlooked by government services.
- Deborah Snyder – Alexandria, Va.; president and CEO, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that helps to eliminate homelessness among veterans, created after Snyder’s retirement from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot.
- Phyllis Sudman – Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; co-founder, Simon’s Fund, which raises awareness of the warning signs and conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children, founded after Sudman tragically lost her 3-month-old son, Simon.
- Brittany Wenger – Bradenton, Fla.; Duke University student and aspiring pediatric oncologist who invented Cloud4Cancer, a computer program that uses artificial intelligence and test results to diagnose breast cancer with 99 percent accuracy, driven by a young family member’s battle with the disease.
- Audra DiPadova Wilford – Santa Ana, Calif.; founder, MaxLove Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions with whole-body wellness resources, education and research, founded after Wilford’s son Max was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 4.
- Jenny Williamson – Granite Bay, Calif.; founder and CEO, Courage Worldwide, an international nonprofit volunteer organization building homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking.