The Female Lead

Edwina Dunn receives the ‘Women’s Empowerment’ Award

L-R: Nadja Swarovski, Amber Heard, Edwina Dunn, Melanie Steiner

The Female Lead are in the Big Apple with a number of activities highlighting the campaign’s growing influence globally. First stop for our founder, Edwina Dunn, was Fashion 4 Development’s First Ladies Luncheon held during the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York where Edwina received the ‘Women’s Empowerment Award.’

Fashion 4 Development is an activist organisation founded by entrepreneur Evie Evangelou. The organisation is committed to supporting the seventeen United Nations sustainable development goals with a focus on sustainable lifestyle practices, preservation of culture and empowerment of women and children.

The event was attended by first ladies, UN ambassadors and VIPs, including fashion designers Donna Karen and Diane Von Furstenberg. Prior to the award ceremony, a fashion show by the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Project featured thirty sustainable dresses made by designers from different parts of the world.

Edwina was in good company with a number of notable women receiving awards, including actress and philanthropist Amber Heard; investor, humanitarian and sustainability advocate Carmen Busquets; and Double Brit winner and GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding.

After being presented with the award by Rothschild Wealth Management CEO, Helen Watson, Edwina shared updates on The Female Lead’s success-to-date, our ambitions for the campaign’s growth in the US, and a call-to-action to the audience to spread the word about the women they know are role models.

At The Female Lead, we believe that every great story about a woman is worth telling especially if it inspires a girl to follow her lead. We challenged each of those in attendance at the luncheon to share a thought or a story about a woman that inspired them. We also asked these influencer’s to take to social media, in a speech, at an event, at a school; to do it where it will be remembered and shared again and again. We hope to see the result of these requests as they spread through a new networks of Female Lead supporters.


Ellie Goulding and Edwina Dunn


Avril Graham (Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor Harper’s Bazaar US), Edwina Dunn (Founder of The Female Lead) and Brigitte Lacombe (Photographer)