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Kathryn Aurora Gray receives Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year 2011 Award in New York

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Fri, 2011/11/04

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GLAMOUR CELEBRATES 21 AMAZING YOUNG WOMEN AT
2011 WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS IN HONOR OF 21ST ANNIVERSARY
NEW YORK –Thursday, November 3, 2011– Glamour has hosted its prestigious Women of the Year Awards for more than two decades, saluting the most intriguing and courageous women changing our world. This year, in addition to honoring 11 winners, the magazine is celebrating the 21st anniversary of the awards by honoring 21 amazing young women–all 25 years old or younger–who are making a huge difference in the world. Past Young Amazings include fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and Erika Alden DeBenedictis, who designed software to enable more efficient spacecraft travel.

The awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall on November 7, with a star-studded list of honorees and presenters—plus a special musical performance. Glamour’s Women of the Year winners include Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele, Laura Bush and daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Hager Bush. The 21 Amazings will be clad in designer dresses, compliments of Rent the Runway (http://www.renttherunway.com/rtr_home), the premiere online destination for dress and accessory rentals. This year’s list of Young Amazings include:

  • BRIANNA AMAT, 17: The first girl to play on her Michigan high school’s varsity football team, she was also the homecoming queen and scored the game’s winning field goal. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • KATHERINE BOMKAMP, 19: She invented and patented a prosthetic device that could eliminate phantomlimb pain in amputees. Morgantown, West Virginia
  • SHREE BOSE, 17: Her groundbreaking research to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy used for ovarian cancer earned her the grand prize in Google’s first Global Science Fair. Fort Worth, Texas
  • CATHERINE COOK, 22: She cofounded the social network myyearbook.com, which is used by more than 32 million young people. New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • TARYN GUERRERO DAVIS, 25: After her soldier-husband died in combat in Iraq, she created the American Widow Project, which provides support for 3,000 other U.S. military widows. Buda, Texas
  • MAGGIE DOYNE, 25: The children’s home she opened in Nepal houses 40 orphans and provides 260 other kids with free education, medical care and a daily nutritious meal. Maggie is a Glamour Readers’ Choice winner. Mendham, New Jersey / Surkhet, Nepal
  • EDEN FULL, 19: She won a $275,000 grant to produce the SunSaluter solar panel rotator she invented, which makes solar panels 40 percent more efficient than standard panels and could lower the cost of solar power for the developing world. Calgary, Alberta
  • KATHRYN GRAY, 10: She is the youngest person in history to discover a supernova—one that’s 240 million light-years away from Earth. New Brunswick, Canada
  • GABI GREGG, 25: MTV’s first Twitter jockey, she is the founder of a popular plus-size fashion blog, gabifresh.com. New York City
  • BLAIR GRIFFITH, 23: She knows that it’s like to have no place to live, that’s why Miss Colorado USA raises awareness for homelessness. Denver
  • ZORA HOWARD, 18: She is New York’s first-ever youth poet laureate and wrote a poem, “Bi-Racial Hair,” that was the inspiration for an Emmy-winning short film. New York City
  • TALIA LEMAN, 16: She rallied kids around the globe to raise $10 million for Hurricane Katrina victims. Through the nonprofit Talia created, RandomKid, she has connected 12 million children in 20 different countries to start their own world-saving projects. Waukee, Iowa
  • NICOLE MULLER, 18: The national Neighbors-4-Neighbors food drive she organized from her Virginia home has collected food for 160,000 hungry people. Charlottesville, Virginia
  • CORVIDA RAVEN, 24: This tech blogger founded the sites shegeeks.net, cofounded everythingtwitter.com and The Social Geeks podcast, and has been a social-media strategist for General Motors. New York City
  • LIANA ROSENMAN, 20, AND KRISTINA SAFFRAN, 19: They met while being treated for eating disorders and ended up raising more than $130,000 to pay for other girls who can’t afford care. Commack and
    Douglaston, New York
  • LAURA RUIZ, 25: With her sisters she started a nonprofit, Immigration Advocacy Matters Inc., to help immigrants in her Queens community, offering workshops in civics and self-advancement. Queens, New York
  • ALYSSA SANTOS, 25: Her Little Love Bugs Rescue team has saved dogs and cats from certain death in pounds, abusive homes and on the streets. She is also a Glamour Readers’ Choice winner. Kent, Ohio
  • ARIELLE SCHACTER, 17: Hearing-impaired since she was a toddler, Arielle crusades on behalf of deaf and hearing-impaired youth, for whom she founded an online community, bf4life-hearing. Brooklyn
  • AMANDA SOBHY, 18: This champion collegiate squash player was the first 16-year-old to take home four world women’s titles. Sea Cliff, New York
  • MARIAH STACKHOUSE, 17: A golf prodigy, she is the youngest-ever winner of the Georgia PGA women’s championship and the only African American to qualify for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open Atlanta. To see their feature on glamour.com, visit: http://www.glamour.com/sex-love-life/blogs/smitten/2011/11/meet-our-21-a...

About Glamour Women of the Year

Since 1990 Glamour magazine has saluted the world’s most inspiring women with the annual Women of the Year Awards, a special issue and event devoted to celebrating the gutsy, talented, courageous leaders who motivate young women and whose work helps to change the world. Now in its 21st year, the program has an impact on politics and society that literally saves lives. The 2011 Glamour Women of the Year special December issue is on newsstands November 8, and the ceremony to honor this year’s honorees will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 7. To learn more, visit: http://www.glamour.com/inspired/women-of-the-year