The Lady GODIVA Program

Celebrating Inspirational Women: The Lady Godiva Program

As the legend is told, Lady Godiva rode unclothed on horseback through the streets in protest of the taxation imposed on her townspeople by her husband, the Lord of Coventry. During her ride, the townspeople stayed indoors to preserve her modesty and thank her for her generosity. Lady Godiva's courage prevailed and the taxation was lifted.

It is with that notion that GODIVA proudly celebrates the two-year anniversary of the Lady GODIVA Program which celebrates inspirational women around the world. We support extraordinary women who embody the spirit of Lady Godiva through their attributes of selflessness, generosity and leadership.

Inaugural Lady GODIVA

We were proud to honor Lauren Bush Lauren, Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, as our Inaugural Lady GODIVA Honoree. Lauren and the FEED team have provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 countries throughout the world through the United Nationals WFP. Lauren embodies the spirit of Lady Godiva through her commitment to charity and passionate leadership. Learn More about our first National Lady GODIVA Honoree Lauren Bush Lauren and her work with FEED.

2013 Lady GODIVA Honoree

We were thrilled to name Heidi Markow the 2013 Lady GODIVA Honoree. After losing her sister to domestic violence, Heidi stepped in to help other women gain control of their lives—and survive. Whether she's fighting for legislation to protect victims or raising money for families in need, Heidi is proud to keep her sister's memory alive.

Heidi received a $10,000 grant from GODIVA to further her work and support her cause. For more information about The Beginning Over Foundation, please visit

Annual Lady GODIVA Program Honorees

Again in 2014, GODIVA will recognize and award women in local communities who make a difference every day. The Lady GODIVA nominees will be featured on the Lady GODIVA Program website and through social media channels to inspire others to give back in their own communities.

The Lady GODIVA Program will recognize women making a difference in three categories:

  • Health, Wellness and Hunger: For women making a difference through their efforts in the fields of medicine, mental health or general well-being, as well as women who are fighting to alleviate hunger in local communities.
  • Children, Families and Poverty: For women who focus directly on improving the lives of children and families, including initiatives in childhood education, foster care, services for families in need, and initiatives aimed at reducing poverty, such as job training.
  • Environment: For women who are dedicated to saving the environment, alleviating climate change, preserving conservation rights, fighting on behalf of endangered animals, and other related causes.

Three Lady GODIVA Honorees - one representing each category -- will receive $10,000 each to support their work. Join in and nominate or vote for a Lady GODIVA Honoree.

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