The First Salesforce Equality Awards in Pictures

By Alexandra Siegel

Last night Salesforce brought together business, government, and nonprofit leaders as well as community members to honor four Equality trailblazers at our first-ever Equality Awards ceremony. On the eve of Equal Pay Day Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King, Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette, and nine-time Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige were awarded for their efforts to further Equality for all.

“It’s time to do more than just measure the pay gap,” said Patricia Arquette as she accepted her award.

The event took place at the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, opened the night speaking about the importance of leaders who stand up for change. The evening served as a reminder of how much more progress we can achieve if we all work together as one community and one Ohana.

As Billie Jean King said during her speech, “dare to lead” and let’s work together to be leaders of equal pay and Equality in our businesses, communities, and world.

Get a glimpse into the Salesforce Equality Awards with these highlight photos:

Honorees Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King, Equal pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette, with Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King with nine-time grammy award-winning singer and philanthropist Mary J. Blige.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter live on the blue carpet.

Great performance by honoree, Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige.

Guests watching the ceremony from the balcony.

Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff with the honorees and Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King with Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Raising awareness of the gender wage gap.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter and Salesforce Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet

Salesforce Co-founder and CTO on the blue carpet with hosts Alexandra Siegel and Marissa Kraines.

Guests having fun on the dance floor.

Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette accepting her award from Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff

Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige with Salesforce’s very own Director of Global Equality Programs Molly Ford, Sr. Manager Corporate Communications Karly Bolton, and VP of Corporate Communications Gina Sheibley.

Salesforce MVP Toya Gatewood live on the blue carpet.

Ending the night with some music and fun.

Grammy Award Winning Singer Mary J Blige with two of the women behind bringing this event to life — Salesforce VP and SVP of Strategic Events, Karin Flores and Julie Liegl.

Equality trailblazers humanitarian and sports icon Billie Jean King, Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and activist Patricia Arquette.

At Salesforce, we believe our higher purpose is to drive the Age of Equality. Learn more about how you can be a champion of Equality in your company and community by downloading the Path Toward Equality E-Book.


Originally published at www.salesforce.com.

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