Glam­our fuses with pol­i­tics at an­nual Women of Year awards

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OBITUARIES - By Jo­ce­lyn Noveck

NEW YORK » There were movie stars and su­per­mod­els, TV hosts and pop stars.

But per­haps the most rap­tur­ous ova­tion at Glam­our magazine’s an­nual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Max­ine Waters of California, who de­lighted the crowd — in­clud­ing hun­dreds of cheer­ing young girls — with a rous­ing speech that ended on a very po­lit­i­cal note. “Im­peach him,” she ex­horted the au­di­ence. “Im­peach 45! Im­peach 45!”

Along­side Waters, hon­orees at Mon­day evening’s cer­e­mony, held at a theater in Brook­lyn, in­cluded ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, singer Solange Knowles, late-night host Sa­man­tha Bee, model Gigi Ha­did, film di­rec­tor Patty Jenk­ins, and fash­ion de­signer Maria Grazia Chi­uri of Chris­tian Dior. Also hon­ored were record-set­ting astro­naut Peggy Whit­son, Syr­ian refugee and UNICEF am­bas­sador Mu­zoon Almelle­han and the many or­ga­niz­ers of the Jan­uary women’s marches.

Though this was the 27th year of the Glam­our awards, there was a dif­fer­ent sen­sa­tion this time around, noted Cindi Leive, Glam­our’s out­go­ing edi­tor-in-chief.

“There’s a feel­ing in the air,” she told the crowd at the be­gin­ning. She didn’t have to ex­plain that she was re­fer­ring to the Har­vey We­in­stein sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal and the sub­se­quent cas­cade of al­le­ga­tions in Hol­ly­wood and else­where, with both women and men com­ing for­ward to ac­cuse pow­er­ful men of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as­sault or mis­con­duct.

“This is a sin­gu­lar mo­ment for women,” Leive said. “I am so glad that we get to seize it.”

One of the most pow­er­ful mo­ments in the cer­e­mony came when the two New York Times re­porters who broke the We­in­stein story — Jodi Kan­tor and Me­gan Twohey — took the stage to in­tro­duce a quar­tet of women who had ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual ha­rass­ment or as­sault. The first to speak: Anita Hill, who has been a sym­bol of the fight against sex­ual ha­rass­ment ever since she tes­ti­fied in 1991 against then-Supreme Court nom­i­nee Clarence Thomas. She hadn’t got­ten the re­sult she wanted back then, she ex­plained — Thomas was con­firmed any­way — but in just a few years, of­fi­cial com­plaints of sex­ual ha­rass­ment sky­rock­eted. “I saw that we had a chance to shift the nar­ra­tive,” Hill said.

Also ap­pear­ing was Olympic gym­nast Aly Rais­man, who came for­ward last week to al­lege she was sex­u­ally abused by a U.S. team doc­tor, Larry Nas­sar, who has been ac­cused by more than 100 women and girls of sex­ual as­sault. “We need an­swers,” Rais­man said.

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