Grammy Award winning Arista Records artist and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan has been selected to receive the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award, a nod that represents the singer’s role in advancing women’s rights.
McLachlan will be given the award by New York Gov. George E. Pataki at a ceremony to be held Tuesday at the Boathouse in Gotham’s Central Park.
Stanton was a visionary who penned the Declaration of Sentiments, which help lay the foundation for women’s equality. The award presentation will mark the 150th anniversary of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
The Governor’s Commission Honoring the Achievements of Women, which selects the nominees, felt that McLachlan’s creation of Lilith Fair was a venture that promoted change for women in the touring and recording industry.
Lilith Fair was the first all-women concert tour that provided a forum for female performers to share audiences, collaborate musically and raise contemporary issues affecting all generations of women.
The event, derided by competitors when first announced, was one of the bright spots in the 1997 touring industry. It has since flourished into one of the most successful concert tours of the past two years. Lilith Fair is currently engaged in a 56-date roadshow.
McLachlan’s latest album “Surfacing” has topped 3 million units and earned a pair Grammy awards earlier this year. The current single from the album, “Adia,” is charting at No. 5 on the singles chart, marking her highest career charting single.