Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) hosted its annual Women of Valor dinner on November 19, 2014 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. IWF honored Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and human rights activist Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali as this year’s recipients of the 2014 Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award.
Congressman Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee's 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. IWF presented Blackburn with the Woman of Valor Award for her efforts to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty.
Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, escaped Somalia to avoid a forced marriage and became a member of the Dutch parliament. She and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh were making a film about the treatment of women in Islam when he was murdered. A note attached to his mutilated body, said that Hirsi Ali was next. She fled to the U.S. and founded the women's rights organization, the AHA Foundation.
Independent Women's Forum works to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free-markets and personal liberty.