Wednesday September 21, 2011 | 04:41 PM

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was a co-recipient today of an Alice Award, an award named after suffragist Alice Paul, the founder of the National Woman's Party.

Snowe accepted the award during a luncheon at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum next to the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, which is maintained by the NWP in honor of Paul's legacy.

Also receiving the award along with Snowe, which pays tribute to women have have broken gender barriers and set new precedents for women, was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Cal. In the past few years, recipients have included former House Speaker and now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In accepting the award, Snowe noted that this year is also the 20th anniversary of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. Snowe she has made it a goal of her career to "expose and eliminate the gender gap," and cited Paul as one of her inspirations.

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