World's most influential women honoured by Glamour (USA)

NEW YORK-For women, the night was bigger than the Oscars, the Emmys and the Grammys combined. If you combined all those awards with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, then you might have a sense of what it felt like to attend the 19th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards, held Monday night, Nov. 10, at Carnegie Hall, one of New York's architectural splendors.


The women honoured represented not only a global cross-section of impressive achievements, but they were the preeminent examples of the world's most influential and accomplished people, man or woman: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Jane Goodall, Nicole Kidman, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Tyra Banks, CEO Chanel Maureen Chiquet, Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, artist Kara Walker, children's human rights advocates Nujood Ali and Shada Nasser of Yemen and the six female Nobel laureates who make up the Nobel Women's Initiative.

Opening with a piano-accompanied performance by multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winner Fergie, the whirlwind night revelled in a spirit of post-election optimism. "Tonight is the most electric night of the year," said Glamour Editor-In-Chief Cindi Leive as she kicked off the night's proceedings. "Okay, last Tuesday was a pretty close second."

Actress Natalie Portman introduced the award for the Nobel Women's Initiative, the group of six of the seven living female Nobel Peace laureates: Kenyan environmental leader Wangari Maathai, Iranian human rights advocate Shinrin Ebadi, American anti-landmine activist Jody Williams; Irish peace activists Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Betty Williams and Guatemalan indigenous-rights worker Rigoberta Menchu Tum. The seventh laureate, Burma's Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling for an international ban on cluster bombs and meeting with female refugees in Darfur to plan for peace.

"It's not about the work we do individually, but about the work we do with other people," said Jody Williams as she accepted the award with Menchu Tum and Ebadi on stage. "It's not the rainbow, it's not the dove" - she continued, citing the stereotypical feel-good peace signs - "It's hard work everyday. Feeling sad about an issue is not enough. Feeling bad about global warming is not enough. Getting up and doing something is what matters."
Kate Bosworth introduced the woman from St. Louis who fell in love with France at 16 and knew that's where she belonged - Maureen Chiquet, the first female CEO of Chanel, who previously electrified Old Navy and Banana Republic. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg humorously introduced the evening's "Media Mogul," Tyra Banks, joking that like Banks, who said she wouldn't be able to get into politics because she had too many swimsuit photos floating around, he too had been worried about the same thing. "She's 6-foot-2 in heels - something else we have in common!" quipped Bloomberg.

Von: 13.11.2008, by Renata Espinosa,

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