Miss Piggy, the legendary star of stage and screen who was recently called “The Gloria Steinem of the Muppet world” by the Daily Beast, is finally getting the recognition she not only deserves, but that she’s chased for years. On Thursday, June 4, she will be honored as the Sackler Center First Awards 2015 recipient, and bestowing the prestigious honor will be THE Gloria Steinem, herself.
Inaugurated in 2012, the annual Sackler Center First Awards celebrate extraordinary women who have broken gender barriers and made remarkable contributions in their fields. To date, only 17 other women have received the distinguished award, which is presented annually by the powerhouse team of Elizabeth A. Sackler, Brooklyn Museum Board Chair and Awards Founder, and feminist icon, Gloria Steinem.
When Miss Piggy receives her award in a few weeks at the Brooklyn Museum, which is home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, she will officially join the ranks of past First Awards recipients, who include an impressive list of trailblazers like Anita Hill, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), Chief Wilma Mankiller (posthumous), Toni Morrison, and Muriel Siebert, to name a few.
“Moi is thrilled—but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Center First Award.” – Miss Piggy
Commenting on this year’s awardee, Elizabeth Sackler said, “Miss Piggy embodies exceptional spirit, determination, and grit, when needed, which has taught important lessons about overcoming obstacles to millions of young people, parents, grandparents—and virtually everyone who has ever watched this indomitable character on television or in films.”
Like all past recipients of the Sackler Center First Awards, Miss Piggy will be given a glass sculpture created by famed feminist artist Judy Chicago. In a moment of enthusiastic humility, the capricious starlet declared, “It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honor with fellow legends, role models, and pioneers of female fabulosity. We rock!”
Piggy’s on-again/off-again main squeeze, Kermit the Frog, will be in the audience to witness this great honor. Other special guests will include children and their families from Ronald McDonald House New York, a temporary home-away-from-home for families battling pediatric cancer; Brooklyn-based Girl Scout Troops 2081 and 2158; Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity; and artists from Groundswell, a community mural project.