Glamour’s Women of the Year 2012

This year was a year of power ladies! Get inspiration in the coming year from these ladies who made a big impact on 2012.

Selena Gomez: The Independent Spirit

Selena Gomez is a Woman of the Year because… “She’s giving back to people who need help, because of her own life experience…. She’s the exception to so many rules.” –singer and friend Taylor Swift
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Annie Leibovitz: The Visionary

Annie Leibovitz is a Woman of the Year because…”There are certain things that are considered milestones in Hollywood. And one of them is being photographed by Annie Leibovitz.” –actress Cameron Diaz
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Zaha Hadid: The Architect-In-Chief

Zaha Hadid is a Woman of the Year because…”She’s an extraordinary force of nature that came out of the blue and whacked us all on the back of the head and said, ‘Wake up, kids, there’s more stuff to do.'”
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Lena Dunham: The Voice of a Generation

Lena Dunham is a Woman of the Year because…”She’s incredibly brave, curious, and engaged…and she happened to hit on something universal. I will be tuning in forevermore.” –actress and friend Claire Danes
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: The Lifesaver

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Woman of the Year because… “She’s giving a voice to women who’ve been silenced–and sending a message to their assailants that the world is watching.” –TV journalist Lisa Ling
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Our Gold-Medal Olympians: The Unstoppables

Our Gold-Medal Olympians are Women of the Year because…”There used to be a masculinity associated with women in sports. Not now! Girls aspire to be athletes–and they look up to these women.” –tennis champ Chris Evert, 1990 Woman of the Year
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Ethel & Rory Kennedy: The Generations Award

Ethel and Rory Kennedy are Women of the Year because… “Ethel Kennedy instilled in her children a responsibility to serve humanity. She and her daughter represent the best in all of us.” –U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.)
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Jenna Lyons: The Fashion Original

Jenna Lyons is a Woman of the Year because… “As my friendship with Jenna grows, so does my complete admiration for what she embodies as a woman, a mother, and a force in the world.” –singer Solange Knowles
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Erin Merryn: The Guardian Angel

Erin Merryn is a Woman of the Year because…”She’s taken her personal crusade and turned it into a public one. So many children will be protected because of her.” –TV host Katie Couric, 1992, 2002, and 2006 Woman of the Year
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Supreme Force

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Woman of the Year because: “More than any other person, she can take credit for making the law of this country work for women. She is a transformational figure…and for me, an inspiration.” –fellow Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan
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