WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) — the leading organization for women — announced that Tulsi Gabbard, former U.S. Representative (D-HI) and original co-sponsor of the Protect Women’s Sports Act, will receive its Resilience Award at IWF’s 30th anniversary celebration and marquee Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.

The Resilience Award recognizes an individual who exhibits bravery, courage, and inner strength and helps create stronger, more vibrant communities by encouraging more respectful dialogue and civic engagement. Past honorees include Asra Nomani, journalist and Virginia parent advocate, and Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Amber Schwartz, executive vice president at Independent Women’s Forum, said “IWF could not think of a better woman to receive our 2022 Resilience Award than Tulsi Gabbard. Since her time in Congress, she has stood up for women and pushed back against those who seek to erase women as a distinct legal category. We are grateful for her leadership in protecting the interests of women.”

In June at IWF’s Our Bodies, Our Sports rally, Gabbard said, “We must protect the legacy of Title IX, which leveled the playing field for female athletes and created life-changing opportunities for countless women based on the need for fairness and a recognition that male and female athletes are biologically different.”

Since its founding in 1992, IWF has established itself as the nation’s leading women’s organization dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices and opportunities. 

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Last month, IWF announced Kimberley Strassel, editorial board member at The Wall Street Journal, as this year’s Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor award recipient and Diana Davis Spencer, executive chairwoman of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, as its inaugural Lifetime Achievement awardee.

Additional 2022 award recipients to be announced.

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Independent Women’s Forum is dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities.