Miss Piggy Is a Feminist Icon—Now with an Award to Prove It!

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Photo credit ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Photo credit ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images.

This year’s recipient of the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center First Award, which honors “extraordinary women who are first in their fields,” has been surprisingly awarded to Miss Piggy, the New York Post reports.

The award also reflects the changing definition of feminism from gender equality to the broader role of women in society and culture.

Elizabeth Sackler, who founded the institution’s Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art which awards the prestigious prize, said in a statement that Miss Piggy was chosen because of her role in teaching millions of young women around the world the values of “spirit, determination, and grit” (see Elizabeth Sackler Named Brooklyn Museum’s First Chairwoman and If Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth Sackler Has Her Way, Matrons Will Soon Join Patrons).

Last year, the Daily Beast argued that Miss Piggy’s “ideals regarding style, beauty, relationships, food, confidence, and authenticity display a strong example of feminism.” The article went on to compare the brazen porcine to leading feminist figure, Gloria Steinem.

Coincidentally or not, the ceremony is set to include a question-and-answer session between Miss Piggy and Steinem.

Reacting to news Miss Piggy told journalists in a brief statement “Moi is thrilled.”

The Muppet, who joins an illustrious list of previous recipients of the award such as theater director Julie Taymor and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, will accept the award in a ceremony on June 4.

Kermit the Frog will also be in attendance.


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