Thursday, February 21st

You know what, ladies? It’s high time we reminded everyone that we are basically, well, the best. The “Women Who Make a Difference Awards Dinner” aims to do so, honoring power-dames such as Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard—who has managed not to offend anyone, as far as we know—and Judge Glenda Hatchett of the Judge Hatchett Show. Spunky and spry Gloria Steinem is an honorary chair, CNN whippersnapper Soledad O’Brien hosts, and a bevy of our ambitious, suit-owning, corporate sister girlfriends will be in attendance—many of whom, just like us, secretly just want to get knocked up and move to Fiji. … In news of ambitious men, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund hosts a Lunar New Year Gala at Chelsea Piers, honoring luminaries such as singer-turned-political critic Harry Belafonte and prolific New Yorker scribe Seymour Hersh. Author Walter Mosley and ABC News correspondent Juju Chang will make sure you get home safe. … Meanwhile, soul-tastic Nina Simone’s 75th birthday is celebrated posthumously by her daughter, who is named, yep, Simone, and who has an album coming out, Simone on Simone. We’re waiting to see if she can pull off “Pirate Jenny.”

[Women Who Make a Difference Awards Dinner, Cipriani Wall Street, 6 p.m., 212-763-8591; AALDEF Justice in Action Awards, Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, 6 p.m., 212-966-5932; Dr. Nina Simone’s 75th Birthday Celebration, Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, 8 p.m., 212-572-0766]