On March 1, 2010 the American government awarded the Women Leadership Award to Sonia Pierre, founder of the Haitian-Dominican Women Movement. Pierre is now part of the 10 women who have received this distinction around the world, said Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in a press release. Pierre became an activist at the age of 13, when she was arrested for being the spokesperson of a group of Haitian sugar-cane cutters in her village who were protesting for better wages and living conditions. Since that time, she has dedicated her life to fighting anti-Haitian discrimination in the Dominican Republic as well as the broader issue of statelessness. She is coming to Washington to receive the award at the State Department.