WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011

The awards to pay tribute to the women in the world. For their achievements and extra ordinary contributions made in various streams. People have been awarded this award every year; the winners this time are as below.

•    Jennifer Lopez: The All-Star
•    Tory Burch: The Fashion Force
•    Laura Bush, Barbara Bush & Jenna Bush Hager: The Generations Award
•    Chelsea Handler: The Queen of the Night
•    Withelma “T” Ortiz-Macey: The Bravest Truth-Teller
•    Gabrielle Giffords: The Undaunted
•    Lea Michele: The Diva Next Door
•    Cindy Sherman: The Art Superstar
•    Esraa Abdel Fattah: The World Changer
•    Gloria Steinem: Lifetime Achievement Winner

 

1.    JENNIFER LOPEZ : the star has been awarded the women of the year award for her success and efforts. In an years time she has managed to go from superstar to megastar to ultimate-supreme-giganto star, all thanks to a little thing called American Idol, her new album , her new clothing line for Kohl’s and even her very public split from Marc Anthony. Lopez, 42, had got her first break at 22, dancing as a Fly Girl on the hit TV show In Living Color. In 1997, her starring role in the acclaimed Selena sealed the deal: Then, in 1999, Lopez released her first album, On the 6 and that was it. Next was her jaw-dropping fashion moment in 2000, the cut-down-to-there green Versace gown, that’s so famous that it’s actually on display at the Grammy Museum in L.A. She’s a fantastic role model.

2.    Tory Burch: The Fashion Force
She’s a great businesswoman and her legacy is helping other women.  “I believe in women.” Is what she says. She did not expect such achievement in future when she started in 2004 to, today, a $330-million-a-year brand worn by everyone from Taylor Swift to Michelle Obama. This year she’s outdone herself: She’s added 18 new stores to her 46 Tory Burch shops worldwide—including a flagship on Madison Avenue—and industry insiders predict that her 2011 revenue will jump an eye-popping 52 percent. “I see myself as a tomboy who grew up on a Pennsylvania farm and who has three kids,” she says. “I never went to design school.” Even so, her iconic products—the easy-to-wear tunic and that shoe, her T-logo ballet flat—got people buzzing, fast. “Women are the best investment,” she says. “You see the hardships they’ve been through and how they’ve overcome. This is her inspiration in life.

3.     Arianna Huffington: The Visionary
In 2004 she started working on a fresh idea: a site that would bring together news, gossip and entertainment reports from around the Web, plus bloggy musings and blockbuster scoops, all under The Huffington Post. It was launched in 2005 with critics to be a failure project. But she did not loose the track and proved the project to be success. Then, in February 2011, she brokered the splashiest merger of the year, selling huffingtonpost.com to AOL for $315 million and taking editorial control of a media giant that reaches more than 225 million visitors worldwide. “People underestimated for how truly brilliant was.

4.    Withelma Ortiz-Macey : The Bravest Truth-Teller
She is a Woman of the Year because: “Her efforts to shine a light on the abuse of young girls will save lives—that I know for sure.” Withelma Ortiz-Macey, nicknamed “T”. Her childhood memories are not pretty. The daughter of drug addicts, remembers being left wearing dirty diapers for days, staying in a crack house with blood on the walls and feeling roaches crawl over her body. Shuttled between more than 14 different foster homes, at age 10 she met a man who promised to love and care for her. But there was a catch: She had to stand on an Oakland street in her tiny jean shorts and pink sneakers, selling herself. “I felt scared, worthless,” she says. “I’d be beaten if I didn’t bring back $1,000.”
That T managed to escape this life at 17, thanks to a court-appointed advocate, is in and of itself a miracle. But then she did something even more remarkable: She dedicated herself to telling her story to the most influential people she could find; she’s testified to Congress and made her case at the White House. “I felt like I had to do it,” she says, “so people would understand what these girls go through.”
Today, at 22, T is becoming one of the nation’s most effective voices on a problem many people think plagues only foreign countries: the sex trafficking of children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that roughly 200,000 girls in the United States are lured into the sex trade each year. Instead of being treated as victims of child rape.
T wants to change the world. She’s working with the Rebecca Project, which is urging government action on this issue. The result: This year, for the first time ever, the President’s budget proposed federal funding to combat domestic sex trafficking. “Sexual assault victims almost never come forward and talk about the crime,” says Congressman Ted Poe (R-Tex.), who was so moved by T’s courage that he plans to reintroduce an anti trafficking bill. “The T,” he says, “is for tenacious.”
And she’s more than talk. So far T has helped 100-plus girls in their struggle to leave forced sex work. Mentoring dredges up painful memories, but it’s worth it, she says: “I didn’t live through all this crap for nothing.”

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