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5 Awesome Women Of 2012

5 Awesome Women Of 2012
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Many, many women have emerged as powerful role models in 2012. Here are my five top picks for kick-ass women of the year (with Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi coming in a close sixth and seventh.)


1. Aung San Suu Kyi

My hero of 2012 is Aung San Suu Kyi. As General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the world’s most famous political dissidents, as well as a 1991 Nobel Laureate.

In the 1990 general election in Myanmar, the NLD won 59 percent of the national votes and 81 percent of the seats in Parliament. But the despotic sitting government arrested Suu Kyi, the election results were discounted and Kyi remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the next 21 years until her most recent release on 13 November 2010.

It seemed like a miracle when in April of this year, less than two years after being released from nearly two decades under house arrest, the Nobel Laureate hailed “the beginning of a new era” in Burma’s politics after the country’s Election Commission confirmed that her party had won a spectacular 40 out of 45 parliamentary seats.

What a remarkable journey from dissident to lawmaker.

First Photo: Leader Nancy Pelosi; second photo: DFID

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12:14PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Noted, thanks.

5:13PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thanks for all of these, and many more: Elizabeth Warren should be in a top 10...

5:32AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

I like and agree with the second one. Thank you.

2:30AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

I genuinely like Michelle Obama. I saw her on the Dr. Oz show and she is amazingly, physically fit(she demonstrated her daily workout-made it look easy while Dr. Oz struggled to keep up), and very personable and down to earth. Regardless of politics, I immediately liked her as a person. She is passionate about healthy eating for children.

8:12AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Noted, thank you.

7:03AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

elizabeth warren should be one of the 5 ! love her

3:10AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you what a great article.

3:32PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

i agree with most of the comments made here. I agree with #1 and #2 but not the rest. I think there are many other women out there who have made more of an impact than just throwing money at a cause (which seems to be the reason why #3 was selected) and narrowing down on obesity (which to me seems to be an issue that is not as significant as maybe some others that impact human rights much more).

12:25PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

#1 & #2 yes....
not sure the others rated this high in grand scheme...

8:45AM PST on Dec 22, 2012


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