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World's Most Influential Women Honored by Glamour

Renata Espinosa
November 11th, 2008 @ 10:48 AM - 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 honored 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 reveled 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.

Banks, who said she was in awe that she was in the presence and same category as the other women being honored that night, gave a rousing acceptance speech, and addressed the groups of young women sitting in the balcony who had been invited as guests by Glamour, telling them to find a role model and to do whatever it took to get where they wanted to be in life.

"If anyone ever tries to tell you that you can't do something? You know what you can tell them? But wait until you're 18, you can't say it until then…Tell them, 'You can kiss my big fat blank!" said Blanks, and as someone in the audience screamed the word she wouldn't say, she exclaimed, "No! Don't say that!"

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie's introduction provided an insightful and moving portrait of artist Kara Walker's work, saying she that she "gazes truthfully and unsparingly at the past," using a sharp blade instead of a paintbrush to create her black paper silhouette paintings that address issues of racism and slavery. The quiet Walker came on stage and very humbly accepted her award with a few poignant words about what she does.

"I revel in taking in the beautiful contradictions that exist in this, and in every room," said Walker.

Secretary of State Rice, who trained as a classical pianist before entering the realm of politics, said that she'd always imagined she would be standing in Carnegie Hall in order to play the piano. But finding other passions had served her well, too. "When you find your passion, you'll realize that you didn't find it, it found you," she said.

Though she knew many of the night's honorees, Rice said there was one person she wanted to find that evening: "Tyra Banks, are you out there? I'm looking forward to meeting you."

Olympic gold medalists, the beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, took the stage as an injured Treanor hobbled on crutches. Said an awed Treanor, "I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning because I feel like I'm a changed woman just sitting here."

Katie Couric introduced Nujood Ali and Shada Nasser, who travelled 18 hours from their home country of Yemen to receive the Glamour Women of the Year Fund award. It included a donation of $100,000 to help educate young girls in Yemen and aid child brides. Ali, now 10 years old, faced with an abusive husband three times her age, became the first child bride in Yemen to end her marriage with the help of human rights lawyer Shada Nasser. Said Ali through Nasser's translation, "I hope to live here and work for children, for a new world and for a new community."

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Jane Goodall, famous for her work studying and understanding the behavior of chimpanzees in Tanzania as well as her work as an environmental protector and activist. Coming up on the 50th anniversary of her work at the Gombe Reserve, she said they had learned so much from chimpanzees and the relationship of the animal kingdom and humans. "They have shown us that we are not the only beings on the planet with feelings and personalities," she said. Saluting the girls in the audience from her youth program Roots & Shoots, Goodall called out to them using a chimpanzee greeting. Implored Goodall, "We have to stop the senseless violence against each other and against the environment."

U.N. Deputy Chief Asha-Rose Migiro dedicated the "A-List Activist" award to Nicole Kidman, whose humanitarian work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. has helped draw attention to UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) and their mission to stop violence against women and girls. The Academy Award-winning actress, whose latest film "Australia" hits theaters soon, thanked her sister and her husband, country singer Keith Urban, for their guidance and support.

"You can have your dreams, you can have your career, but try to achieve balance in your life," said Kidman.

But the highlight of the evening was the sight of Sen. Clinton gushing and gleeful at the sight of "American Idol" winner David Cook, who serenaded the woman who this year was in the running to become America's first female president.

"I feel very grateful to be included," said Clinton about her Glamour award, "and I want to thank David — he did get more votes than I got — I guess I can live with that!"

Her message, like the other women that night, was one urging action and a dedication to making a difference, no matter how small. "You have to be a part of making the changes you want to see," she said, "and you have to be President-elect Obama's partners."

Clinton, who wore a glamorous black evening gown, even touched on her infamous campaign fashion sensibility. "I'm very grateful to Glamour, because they really liked my pantsuits and that was really an honor!"




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