Minerva Awards


 Minerva Awards

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Maria Shriver Women’s Conference

Remarkable women have shaped, strengthened and served this state in extraordinary ways from sports to science – motherhood to politics – arts to medicine in every human endeavor California women shine. They weren’t asked or told to do the incredible work they do day-in and day-out – they just do it without hesitation and with great determination. Their selfless service and their “doing” makes an extraordinary mark on our communities and for our state and that’s why I’m so proud to honor these women with the Minerva Awards.


The Minerva Awards were created in 2004 which are named after the Roman Goddess of Wisdom and Justice portrayed on the California State Seal who symbolizes the dual nature of woman as both warrior and peacemaker.

Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions to California in the arts – health and sciences – community activism – business and technology – motherhood – innovation – education and lifetime achievement.

Tom Shoes – Blake Mycoskie

“Shoemakers became respected citizens in the Greece of the fourth and fifth centuries b.c.e., and their craft was believed to be watched over by the god Apollo god of the sun, music, poetry, and healing, among others. Sandals themselves were sometimes given magical powers in the myths of the time. Though the gods and goddesses were often pictured barefoot, Hermes and Iris, the messengers of the gods, were always pictured in winged sandals, and goddesses such as Hera, the queen of the gods, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, were often depicted in golden sandals.”

More about the Minerva Awards – Many of the nominees not only have made a significant contribution to their profession but they also impart their knowledge and skills to the next generation either by mentoring or by working for the inclusion and retention of women in their field.” From History of Sandals Website


Athena (also known as Minerva) is the name of an important goddess for the Greeks. She is the patron goddess of the city-state of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, a goddess of arts and crafts (agriculture, navigation, spinning, weaving, and needlework), the favorite daughter of her father Zeus, and, as a war goddess with a focus on strategy more than bloodshed, an active participant in the Trojan War.

She gave her namesake city the gift of the olive tree, providing oil, food, and wood.

Athens is her city; the olive tree, created by her (is her tree) the owl, is the birth consecrated to her. It is not Athena’s owl but Athena = owl.

In poetry she is the incarnation of Wisdom, Reason and Purity.

Athena was the patron goddess of Athens, a city named for the goddess. The people of Athens built a great temple for Athena on the acropolis (or high point) of their city. The temple is known as the Parthenon. In it was a colossal gold and ivory statue of the goddess Athena Parthenos, Athena the Maiden.


Athena – extroverted and independent represents the goddess of wisdom and civilization. She is concerned with career, motivated by the desire for achievement, acquiring knowledge, she possesses a keen intellect and is interested in education, culture, social issues and politics. Athena is her father’s daughter. She enters the male arena in the outer world. Athena is also known as one of the three Amazon women (a society of fierce warrior women)

Men are her intellectual companions with whom she shares ambitions, career goals, and ideals. The goddess Athena’s true nature, is an active concern for the well-being of the (community) humanity. She was an activist against suffering and injustice.


Winged-Horse Pegasus 

Pegasus is the beautiful horse with wings from Greek mythology. He is a white stallion and the Greeks believe he carried the thunderbolts and other weapons of Zeus. He is held in high esteem in Greek mythology. According to Greek mythology, Pegasus has participated in many ancient battles.

Athena, the Greek goddess, presented Pegasus with a golden bridle, which would help him to fight the evil. She later took him to Jupiter, where he pulled the chariot of Jupiter. Aurora, the goddess of dawn, sometimes rode on Pegasus holding her torch to drive away the night and commence the day. The gods loved Pegasus.

As a reward for his service, Zeus created a constellation for the winged equine in the night sky of the earth – Classical History Website


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