Locust Valley High School graduate Sophia Ioannou (Class of 2010) has been selected by the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls (LIFWG) to receive the 2010 Charlotte Shapiro—Lillian McCormick Young Woman Leader Award. 

Recipients of this award must not only demonstrate leadership qualities and an awareness of those challenges associated with promoting greater gender equality, but also a “take charge” approach towards addressing them. Sophia is a strong leader and role model to her peers and has a passion for taking on projects that promote greater equality in both her school and community.  She is described by her guidance counselor as intelligent, ambitious, and poised and is the type of person who will be successful in “helping others progress towards a peaceful, tolerant world.” 

Sophia’s accomplishments at Locust Valley High School include initiating a “Sexual Assault and Dating Violence Awareness Week” and winning a competition sponsored by the Nassau division of the ACLU asking contributors to write about civil liberties; Sophia’s entry essay, which supported same-sex unions, earned her an internship at the NYCLU office in the fall of her senior year.  Sophia is currently attending New York University and plans to work towards a law degree that would lead her to a career in the State Department. 

The award will be presented at the LIFWG Women Achievers Against the Odds Annual Breakfast. Ms. Shapiro and Ms. McCormick, for whom the award is named, co-founded the Women on the Job education and advocacy project for women’s workplace rights and equality in 1981.  The project merged with LIFWG in 2007 and the Shapiro—McCormick leadership award has become an integral part of the Fund’s annual breakfast. 

Congratulations, Sophia!