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Glamour Wants To Know: Who’s the Woman of YOUR Year?

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Queen Latifah at the 2006 Glamour Women of the Year AwardsEach year Glamour salutes incredible women at their Women of the Year Awards. Past winners include Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Venus Williams, Queen Latifah, and even Madonna. Last year, environmentalist Laurie David was honored, and many celebs arrived in hybrids.

This year, you have a chance to participate (and attend!), as well. Glamour is currently running the Woman of YOUR Year contest, where you can nominate an unsung hero from your neck of the woods.

Make sure to fill out the application before the deadline, August 19, 2007, because the prize is gooood. The winner will not only receive a trip for two to New York to attend the gala at Lincoln Center on November 5, but she’ll also receive support for her cause & coverage in an issue of Glamour.

Last year, Associated Press Editor Anita Chang won the award. Not for something she wrote, but for something she overcame. Here is the winning nomination written by her friend Kristi McNeal-Wolf:

Last year my best friend, Anita Chang, was in a car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Anita is my inspiration and always will be because of her fierce determination to regain control of her life despite her new disabilities. Prior to her accident, Anita was an editor at the national desk of the Associated Press. Her accident left her with short- and long-term memory loss. She spent the past year rehabilitating through cognitive, speech, physical and psychotherapy. One year later, Anita is back at work again as a national editor. I think Anita should attend Glamour’s Woman of the Year awards because there is nothing more glamorous than overcoming adversity with dignity and grace.

We also found a piece written by Anita while she was on leave from the AP, still recovering. She writes about her loss of one of her senses – smell – and how it has affected her life. I don’t know if she’s been able to overcome it.

It’s an incredible story – tell Glamour about an amazing woman in your community. Is she out there saving the world or making a big difference to just one person? Who will you nominate?

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