There are many strong and independent women in the public eye but one woman that is setting the bar high for all other women is, surprisingly, not even human.
The ever glamorous and bodacious Ms. Piggy has received a feminist award in recognition for her contributions to society.
The annual Sackler Center First Awards honors extraordinary women who show an indomitable spirit and determination in their respective fields. The outspoken Ms. Piggy will receive the award in an evening gala hosted at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in Brooklyn New York.
Veteran women's rights campaigner Gloria Steinem will be present during the night's festivities and the gallant awardee was so excited that she posted this Tweet:
— Miss Piggy (@MissPiggy) June 5, 2015
And to her critics who are doubtful that such a prestigious award should go to a puppet (sorry, we mean Muppet) pig, this is what the iconic Ms. Piggy said about why she is a feminist pig: "As a young woman born on a farm, I was told that my life would be nothing but mud, sweat and tears ... and the occasional trip to the 4-H fair. Now that may have been enough for some, but not for moi. I refused to accept someone else's definition of my life and my future. I knew there was something bigger and better out there - and that I could achieve it if I never, ever gave up. Thanks to grit, fortitude, perseverance, the inspiration of other great feminists and the aforementioned karate, I did in fact achieve those dreams. Today, I live in Hollywood, where there is still a lot of mud, sweat and tears, but the hours and compensation are much more attractive." Ms. Piggy is the 17th recipient of the Sackler Center First Awards. Past honorees include Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (retired), Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Susan Stroman, and Julie Taymor. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is located on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum. The interactive center opened in 2007 with the aim of raising awareness and educating visitors about feminism's impact on culture.
Miss Piggy started her career as one of the stars in The Muppet Show that ran from 1976 to 1981. She also appeared in various films including the Muppet's Most Wanted released in 2014.