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Last night Salesforce brought together business, government, and nonprofit leaders as well as community members to honor four Equality trailblazers at our first-ever Equality Awards ceremony. On the eve of Equal Pay Day Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King, Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette, and nine-time Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Philanthropist Mary J. Blige were awarded for their efforts to further Equality for all.

“It’s time to do more than just measure the pay gap,” said Patricia Arquette as she accepted her award.

The event took place at the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, opened the night speaking about the importance of leaders who stand up for change. The evening served as a reminder of how much more progress we can achieve if we all work together as one community and one Ohana.

As Billie Jean King said during her speech, “dare to lead" and let's work together to be leaders of equal pay and Equality in our businesses, communities, and world.

Get a glimpse into the Salesforce Equality Awards with these highlight photos:

 

Honorees Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King, Equal pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette, with Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  

Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter live on the blue carpet.

Guests watching the ceremony from the balcony. 

 Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff with the honorees and Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. 

 Humanitarian and Sports Icon Billie Jean King with Congresswoman Maxine Waters. 

Raising awareness of the gender wage gap. 

Salesforce EVP of Global Employee Success Cindy Robbins with Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette  

Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter and Salesforce Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet

Salesforce Co-founder and CTO on the blue carpet with hosts Alexandra Siegel and Marissa Kraines. 

Guests having fun on the dance floor.   

Academy Award Winner and Activist Patricia Arquette accepting her award from Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff

 

Salesforce MVP Toya Gatewood live on the blue carpet.

Ending the night with some music and fun.  

Equality trailblazers humanitarian and sports icon Billie Jean King, Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist Lilly Ledbetter, Academy Award Winner and activist Patricia Arquette.

At Salesforce, we believe our higher purpose is to drive the Age of Equality. Learn more about how you can be a champion of Equality in your company and community by downloading the Path Toward Equality E-Book