The Daily Beast was honored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs on Friday with a journalism award for a story about a young Manhattan woman who saved two Russian college students from sexual slavery. The story, How a Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery, written by Abigail Pesta, won a Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women. Pesta, the Editorial Director, Women in the World, for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, spoke to 600 women at the group’s annual convention in Charlotte, N.C. She is a co-winner of the award along with Washington Post columnist Selena Rezvani, who wrote a series of columns on women’s leadership. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s group devoted to community improvement. It began in 1868, when Croly, a New York journalist, attempted to to attend a dinner at an all-male press club and was denied. In response, she started a women’s club.
Honor Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds took two Russian women into her apartment, after reading about their plight on a blog. (Credit: Michael Edwards)