Katie Spotz, Constance McMillen and Dr. Hawa Abdi & her daughters, Glamour Women of the Year 2010.

For the past twenty years, Glamour magazine has celebrated women’s achievements through their Women of the Year Awards. Both celebrities and everyday young women are celebrated for their actions in this year’s Glamour Women of the Year awards. The Women of the Year award winners have taught us that we should fight for what is right, one person can make a difference, to love yourself and that we can learn from failure.

The Glamour Women of the Year 2010 winners include the singer Fergie, the young sailor Katie Spotz, the actress Julia Roberts, Queen Rania, Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters, the high school student Constance McMillien, the fashion designer Donatella Versace, Our World’s Female Heads of State, and the athletes Lindsey Vonn, Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner for this year went to the actress and singer, Cher.

Constance McMillien was honored at this year‚Äôs Glamour Women of the Year Awards because she had the courage to stand up and say she is proud of who she is. Constance just wanted to go to the prom, however her high school objected to Constance brining her girlfriend as her prom date. Constance called the American Civil Liberties Union to report the harassment and injustice she faced at school; however the result was not what she‚Äôd expected. Constance was soon faced with a lawsuit, prom was cancelled and many of her fellow students were angry with her. After standing up, her high school eventually enforced a nondiscrimination policy and provided a large settlement. Constance plans to use her settlement for college. To learn more about Constance, please read ‘Constance McMillen: The Accidental Activist‘.

To learn more about this year‚Äôs winners, read ‘Women of the Year 20th Anniversary Special‘.

To learn about previous Women of the Year honorees, check out ‘Women of the Year Turns 20: A Look back at Honorees‘.

Over the years, Glamour readers have responded to past Women of the Year honorees by donating to the charities they support. This year the Glamour Women of the Year Fund is helping thousands of women and children being cared for by Women of the Year 2010 honoree Dr. Hawa Abid’s refugee camp in Somalia.  Life saving medical treatments and literacy training is needed. 

To learn more about the refuge camp‚Äôs needs, please read ‘How to Help‘.

-Samantha Bradbeer

Junior Girl
Girl Museum, Inc. 

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