A common bond of high aspirations, big hearts and an undeniable impact on the community. All have been honored with the Glamour magazine 2011 Women of the Year award, and were recognized at a gala Monday night at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
The variety of the women selected for the 21st annual Glamour Women of the Year award speaks to the reach of the modern woman: Media mogul Arianna Huffington, 21-year-old sex worker-turned-activist Withelma "T" Ortiz-Macey, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Glee star Lea Michele, artist Cindy Sherman, Egyptian activitst Esraa Abdel Fattah and feminist author Gloria Steinem.
Laura Bush, along with her twin daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, were recognized for their service to women and children throughout George W. Bush's presidency and beyond.
Laura Bush started the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative to fight breast and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Jenna Bush Hager promotes awareness for AIDS and women's health through UNICEF. Barbara Bush founded the Global Health Corps, which matches the skill sets of young professionals to poor communities in need throughout East Africa and the United States.
Condoleezza Rice presented the Bush women with the Generations Award. The former Secretary of State is no stranger to the ceremony, as she was selected as a 2008 Women of the Year recipient herself.
All of the women will be profiled in the December issue of the magazine, which hit newsstands Tuesday.