First introduced in March 2018, the Jane Walker icon is the first female iteration of Johnnie Walker’s iconic Striding Man logo. Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker is a celebration of the many achievements of women and everyone on the shared journey towards progress in gender equality. Johnnie Walker has championed women’s progress through a variety of ongoing Jane Walker initiatives such as supporting non-profit organizations Monumental Women, dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman, and She Should Run, committed to inspiring women to run for office.

In 2020, Jane Walker returns on a new Blended Scotch Whisky created by Master Blender Emma Walker as part of Craftswomen, a program celebrating the talented, bold and pioneering women who make some of the world’s most beloved spirits. The delicious limited-edition whisky heroes Cardhu, a Single Malt at the heart of Johnnie Walker blends and a distillery that flourished under the leadership of Elizabeth Cumming. This pioneering woman played a significant role in Johnnie Walker history when she sold the Cardhu distillery to the Walker family in 1893.

   

Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker is a celebration of the pioneering women who stretched boundaries throughout the history of Johnnie Walker, and the whisky is an excellent example of the depth of flavor and innovative blends we can create from our incredible reserves, said Master Blender Emma Walker.

The Brooklyn Nets are proud to partner with Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker in celebrating Women’s Empowerment month. Throughout the month of March, powerful and influential female leaders in our local community will be highlighted in a variety of different ways including during select Nets home games.

Honorees

MONUMENTAL WOMEN

MONUMENTAL WOMEN is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that broke the bronze ceiling in New York City's Central Park to create the first statue of real women in the Park's 167-year history. We are proud to say that our Women's Rights Pioneers Monument honoring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be unveiled on the Central Park Mall on August 26, 2020, the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th "Votes For Women" Amendment to the United States Constitution. MONUMENTAL WOMEN has the further goals of increasing awareness and appreciation of Women's History as well as challenging municipalities across the country to re-imagine their public spaces to honor the diverse women who helped create and inspire those cities. We work to Move History Forward.

She Should Run

She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office. The organization motivates women from all walks of life to explore the possibility of public office by identifying and tackling the barriers to elected leadership.

YWCA Brooklyn

Martha Kamber, CEO & President of the YWCA Brooklyn

YWCA Brooklyn is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Brooklyn furthers its mission by providing affordable, safe, permanent, housing for over 300 women; social justice advocacy, education and activism; and newly renovated, conveniently located, subsidized offices, event space, and meeting and training facilities for our nonprofit and civic partners in the Brooklyn community.

Critical to YWCA Brooklyn’s social justice model is the dedication of its newly renovated,180,000 square foot downtown Brooklyn building in service to the community and specifically other grassroots organizations also serving women in Brooklyn. Facing a rapidly gentrifying borough, YWCA Brooklyn recognizes that many nonprofits cannot pay the rising costs of rent and are, as a result, struggling to survive. Through YWCA Brooklyn funded subsidizes for both office and program space, these organizations are able, not only to survive, but also to expand the reach and impact of their services. YWCA Brooklyn is proud to currently house four other nonprofit organizations, as well as to provide free event and meeting space to dozens of other nonprofits throughout Brooklyn. In 2015 there were over 20,000 visits to YWCA Brooklyn’s Social Justice Community Center.

TOPEKA K. SAM

Ladies of Hope Ministries
Founder and Executive Director


Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM, co-founder of HOPE HOUSE NYC, President of TKS Ventures LLC and Faces & Voices INC. She serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership, Coalition for Public Safety and The Marshall Project.

Since her release from Federal Prison on May 5th, 2015, Topeka has achieved the following: 2015 Beyond the Bars Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow, 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member, 2018 Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute Fellow, Director of #Dignity Campaign for #cut50 where she led the bi-partisian national effort to pass 20 pieces of legislation restoring the Dignity for Incarcerated Women, Senior Advisor of New Yorkers United for Justice, Host of “The Topeka K. Sam Show” on SiriusXM UrbanView Channel 126 Sundays 9am est., and is now developing scripted and unscripted series as an Executive Producer for TV & Film, inspired by her fight to change the many problems that plague female incarceration with 44 Blue Productions.

She has worked and continues to work selflessly and relentlessly in her fight for the dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls.

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