November 3, 2009
By Sheryl Blasnik


The 2009 GLAMOUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR nominees have been announced. This emotionally riveting event will take place on November 9th at Carnegie Hall in NYC. The women selected are powerful and have made outstanding contributions and shown that woman can accomplish anything if they have the passion and the drive to overcome and succeed.

Here is a list of the 12 women of 2009:

1. Rihanna: Back On Top – What a year it’s been for the superstar. (“I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears,” she says.) Here, we salute her for, yes, her style and songs—but also for her message to young women, which she talks about in this Glamour exclusive. “Domestic violence is a big secret,” she says. “I want to give as much insight as I can to young women…to help speak for them.”

2.  Maria Shriver: The Dynamo –   She is a Woman of the Year because: “She is at once maternal and fiercely independent. I am constantly amazed by her physical energy, intellectual curiosity and spot-on, wicked sense of humor. Arnold is a lucky guy—and the rest of us are equally lucky to have her in our lives.” —Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent

3.  Stella McCartney: The Designer – She is a Woman of the Year because: “She is extending the definition of fashion to include compassion.” —Natalie Portman, actress

4.  Amy Poehler: The Entertainer – She is a Woman of the Year because: “She’s a firecracker. She has an explosive amount of energy and just lights up a room. She is an inspiration to young women to get into comedy. And she can fly.” —Tina Fey, comedian and 2002 Woman of the Year

5.  Marissa Mayer: The Visionary – She is a Woman of the Year because: “She has been a powerhouse of creativity and business acumen for one of the world’s most innovative companies. Marissa Mayer is leading the way in keeping America number one.” —Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and 2002 Woman of the Year

6.  Serena Williams: The Athlete – She is a Woman of the Year because: “When most people would falter, she is able to raise her game a level, and that’s what you look for in champions. I feel confident she will win more major singles titles than my 12. And that makes me very proud.” —Billie Jean King, tennis champ and 2006 Woman of the Year

7.  Jane Aronson: The Guardian Angel – She is a Woman of the Year because: “She has a heart the size of Texas and a drive like Tiger Woods, and she has made a huge difference to countless children and their families.” —Hugh Jackman, actor and longtime supporter of Worldwide Orphans Foundation

8&9.  Euna Lee and Laura Ling: The Journalists – They are Women of the Year because: “They are extraordinary women who were brave and resourceful, reporting a story that no one else was. They showed remarkable courage and initiative during their ordeal.” —Former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of Current TV

10.  The Women of Iran’s One Million Signatures Campaign: The Activists – They are Women of the Year because: “One Million Signatures seized every opportunity to show the world that they do not agree with the discriminatory laws in Iran.” —Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and 2008 Glamour Woman of the Year

11.  Maya Angelou: The Poet – She is a Woman of the Year because: “She speaks to every person who has been through things that could break them. She proves that you can rise above. She is a beacon of light. She is like a beautiful, warm embrace.” —Alicia Keys, singer and 2004 Woman of the Year

Special Recognition is given to First Lady, Michelle Obama.  Can a woman have a bigger year than America’s instant icon, Michelle Obama, did? Not possible. New Glamour columnist Katie Couric asked the First Lady your questions about work, life and love.  Click here to read more of this interview.

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