The prestigious award was presented to the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning icon by the Honorable Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Dwight D. Opperman Foundation Chair Julie Opperman in a private ceremony.
Recognizing the impact she had on the world and wishing to inspire leaders for generations to come, Justice Ginsburg established her legacy award withOpperman in 2019. The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award is presented annually to leaders who have distinguished themselves by assuming a leadership role and making a meaningful change in the lives of others.
Streisand, an artist who redefined Hollywood’s definition of femininity and what it means to be a powerful woman in the entertainment industry, has built a timeless career receiving nearly every prestigious award in recognition of her work. To this day, she remains the first woman to direct, produce, write, and star in a major motion picture, as well as the first female composer to receive an Academy Award.
Outside of her success as a performer, Streisand is a dedicated philanthropist. In addition to The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai, she funded early climate change research and continues to fight for voter rights, as well as advocate for gender and racial equality.
“We were honored to present the first Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award to The Queen of England, and we are equally ecstatic this year to honor our own queen of music and film, Barbra Streisand – an unrivaled American cultural icon who has brought her own brand of magic to the entire world,” said Chairman of the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation and award creator, Julie Opperman. “I made a promise to Justice Ginsburg to help preserve her legacy and to ensure that this award that bears her name continues to recognize strong women leaders who have made the world a better place, and I only wish she was here today to celebrate Ms. Streisand with us.”