Earlier this week, the annual Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to creatives and journalists who’s works are striving to make the world a better place. But even more exciting than the award itself are the incredible women who have just received it, making them part of a short list of women who have claimed this prize. We still have a long way to go: out of twenty-one categories, only seven of the winners are women. However, this group of female winners is a force to be reckoned with, and have just made this (unfortunately) short list of female recipients a little bit longer. Here they are:
- Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey – The New York Times
Can you say badass? Kantor and Twohey are this years recipients of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their leadership on the investigative journalism team that ultimately exposed Harvey Weinstein’s assault allegations as a decades long practice. They are responsible for being the impetus for the #MeToo movement, as the publicity of Weinstein’s actions prompted women in the media and across the globe to more publicly rise up against female mistreatment and sexual abuse. Check out their inspiring acceptance speech here.
2. Clare Baldwin – Reuters
Baldwin’s investigation on the Philippine drug war won her this years Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. She has been following the drug war since it began in 2016, and currently lives on a boat harbored in Hong Kong waters (talk about dedication to your work!). She is a Special Correspondent for Reuters, and a badass women. Read more about her and who she shares this award with here.
3. Martyna Mojok – Playwright
Mojok is this years recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her play Cost of Living centers around a truck driver and his recently paralyzed wife, and contemplates the forces that bring us together. Her work has been seen at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and La Jolla Playhouse, among others. She is also the first female recipient in drama of The Greenfield Prize. Read more about her and her inspiring work here.
4. Caroline Fraser – Author
Her biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, won Fraser the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. The book follows Laura Ingalls Wilder and her transformations of real life events into children’s books. Fraser also explores the Ingalls family as they were in their real life, with letters and primary sources that give us a look into the truth about American westward expansion and life on the prairie. Read more about her and her book here.
5. Andie Dominick – Des Moines Register
Dominick’s reporting on the privatization of Medicaid in Des Moines, Iowa won her the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. According to an article in The De Moines Register, Dominick “invited Iowans to share the experiences they have had with Medicaid under privatized management, which allowed Dominick to put a human face on denials of care, loss of access to services, and providers going out of business because they were not being reimbursed by for-profit insurers.” Read the full article by clicking the link above.
6. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah – Freelance for GQ
Ghansa’s essay “A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof” won her the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. After the 2015 Charleston Mass Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church perpetrated by Roof, Ghansa traveled to South Carolina, where she spent three months interviewing friends and family to write a tell-all piece about racism in America and home-grown terrorism. Get familiar with Ghansa and her work here.