But this year they took a somewhat different approach, and honored "Our World's Female Heads of State" collectively, as represented by:
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania
Prime Minister Iveta Radicova of Slovakia
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago
who were able to attend the event. Here they are from my upper balcony perch, with their awards that were presented by UN Ambassador Susan E. Rice:
It was a surprisingly inspiring night!