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Friday, November 13, 2009

Women of the year awards 2009...!

Women of the year awards 2009

Glamour Magazine held its annual Woman of the Year Awards function in New York on November 9. Honouring ladies who have made their mark in the fields of entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, sports and more, big names like Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Stella McCartney ranked among the recipients, while stars like Catherine Zita Jones and Andie MacDowell were . Take a look.

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The young chanteuse, who has seen unprecedented success in the field of music at the age of 21, was honoured not only for her contribution to the entertainment industry, but for bringing hope and encouragement to victims of domestic violence.

Rihanna recently opened up about her abuse at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown earlier this year, an incident that created a media explosion and kept her in the spotlight at a time when she was desperate to withdraw from all the attention. She also runs the Believe Foundation, a fund that provides education and medical attention for underprivileged children.

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                     Maria Shriver

She is the wife of Hollywood superstar and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the niece of late US President John F Kennedy, but Maria didn't recieve an award because of her family connections.

This remarkable lady heads the California's Women's Conference and was also involved in helping US First Lady Michelle Obama start up United We Serve, a venture to get Americans to take up volunteer work. Her latest effort is A Woman's Nation, a study directed at getting the government and corporate world to aid women when it comes to balancing their lives.

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                 Stella McCartney

She may be the daughter of legendary Beatle Paul McCartney, but Stella is also one of the most famous, influential fashion designers in the world today. Starting off as an apprentice with label Savile Row, she was chief designer for exclusive fashion house Chloe at the age of 25 and now runs her own company. Moreover, Stella is a strict vegetarian and avid animal rights activist -- she does not use leather or fur in any of her designs or accessories. No wonder then, that she was honoured as Woman of the Year in the fashion category.

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               Euna Lee and Laura Ling

These brave journalists made headlines when they were imprisoned in North Korea earlier this year while trying to bring to light the plight of women in that country who are victims of human trafficking. Sentenced to 12 years' hard labour and having spent 140 days in jail, they were released in August this year, only after former US President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea to negotiate their release.

Lee and Ling have also done other remarkable work, investigating grave issues like slave labour in Brazil and India's HIV crisis.

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                           Marissa Mayer

She's the Vice President, Search and User Experience at Google and has been with the company for 10 years, helping to make it the highest-rated search engine in the world. She's brought together the teams that have innovated some of Google's best technologies and practically nothing is done without her approval. Anybody who uses Google -- and that's a lot of people (!) -- is sure to agree that Marissa deserves a Woman of the Year Award.


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