America Ferrera is (rightfully!) receiving the SeeHer Award at the Critics Choice Awards 2024 tonight! The actress, producer, and director is receiving the 8th annual honor for her work in advocating for gender equality, as well as taking on roles that defy stereotypes and push boundaries, per a press release. And she's definitely done that!
SeeHer is "a leading global movement for accurate portrayals of women and girls in media." The very first award was given out in 2017 to Viola Davis. Over the years, other women were celebrated as well. Here is a full list of the SeeHer Award recipients:
- Viola Davis (2017)
- Gal Gadot (2018)
- Claire Foy (2019)
- Kristen Bell (2020)
- Zendaya (2021)
- Halle Berry (2022),
- Janelle Monáe (2023)
- America Ferrera (2024)
Davis is truly an icon in the industry! She's one of the few actors who has received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. She's best known for playing Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder on ABC. You may also recognize her as Delia Shiraz in Eat Pray Love, Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad, and most recently a Dr. Volumnia Gaul in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. She is known for being an advocate of human rights and equal rights for women of color.
Foy was truly my favorite Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's The Crown. She just nailed that role! The actress is also known for her films Unsane, Women Talking, and All of Us Strangers. Women Talking is about an isolated religious colony where it's discovered that for years, men would sometimes drug women of the community and sexually assault them. When the women find out, they start talking. The film won Best Adapted Screenplay at last year's Critics Choice Awards, as well as the Oscars.
Monáe wears many hats in the industry, including actress, singer, songwriter, and rapper. Onscreen, she's known for her roles as Teresa in Moonlight, Mary Jackson in Hidden Figures, Marie Buchanon in Harriet, and Helen Brand and Cassandra "Andi" Brand in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. She's known to use her platforms to advocate for social justice, women's rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
The Barbie actress is known for Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Superstore, Dumb Money, Cesar Chavez, and How to Train Your Dragon. And up next, she's taking the next step and making her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of the book I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Her podcast "Poderistas" features activists, leaders, and businesswomen with the goal to "inform, affirm, and inspire Latinas to leverage their power and transform" their lives, community, and nation," per a press release.
Be sure to tune in to the Critics Choice Awards tonight, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. ET on The CW to see America Ferrera getting her SeeHer Award!