The “Mother of Empathy,” Moore undertook a daring and exceptional experiment traveling throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age from 1979 through 1982. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, Moore was able to respond to people, products, and environments as an elder.
In 2000, a consortium of news editors named her as one of The 100 Most Important Women.
in America. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium. ID Magazine selected Moore as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world. In 2012 she was inducted into The Rochester Institute of Technology’s “INNOVATORS Hall of Fame” and named a Doctor of Fine Arts by Syracuse University for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.” Hasselt University in Belgium awarded Moore a PhD in May 2019 for her efforts towards “Inclusion and Excellence.”