Esther Hewlett, Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year 2013
Pearl S. Buck International first named a Woman of the Year in 1979 when the honor was bestowed upon Beverly Sills. Since that time, it has been awarded to 30 recipients.
This year’s honoree is Esther Hewlett. Inspired by Pearl S. Buck’s humanitarian work 45 years ago, Ms. Hewlett accepted Pearl Buck’s invitation to travel to Taipei to help lay the groundwork for opening a Taiwan office to serve Amerasian children. Esther’s Taiwan experience was transformative and led to her lifelong commitment to work for the rights of women around the world, the well-being of children, the power of young people to change the world, and to build a truly global community. Esther's works around the world on humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Global Fund for Woman, New Global Citizens and the Flora Family Foundation.
"Pearl S. Buck has been my role model for 45 years, so this comes as a humbling and delightful surprise for me. I greatly admire the work of Pearl S. Buck International: Welcome House for adoption; Opportunity House for child sponsorships, and the Pearl S. Buck House for historic preservation. Most of all though, I admire Pearl S. Buck," said Hewlett in her acceptance speech.
David Yoder, chairman of the board, presents Esther Hewlett
the Pearl S. Buck International 2013 Woman of the Year Award
for Lifetime Achievement. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)
Read more about Esther Hewlett on our blog.