Women Making History Awards Honors Kerry Washington 

Women Making History awards honors women making significant contributions in their fields. The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) presents the awards and this year ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington is one of three recipients.  Each year, the award is presented to groundbreaking women both in Los Angeles and in D.C., where the museum is located. With Washington, this year's L.A. honorees include Instagram COO Marne Levine and SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell.

The three women will be honored on September 16 during a special brunch event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, sponsored by Glamour magazine and Lifeway Foods. The board chair of NWHM Susan Whiting in a press release praised the accomplishments that were made by Washington this year. 

Photo taken from EW

Photo taken from EW

"We are extremely proud to honor three women with such innovative and extensive bodies of work. Kerry Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974."

Along with Washington's impressive acting career, she has been an activist who supports many different causes. She acts as an ambassador for domestic violence awareness for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse project. In 2009 President Obama appointed her to the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities.

Past Los Angeles honorees include fellow actresses Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Rachel Zoe.