GLAMOUR’S WORTHY WOMEN
Byline: Lisa Lockwood
NEW YORK — When it comes to issues close to women’s hearts, Glamour covered all the bases Monday night.
At its 11th annual Women of the Year Awards, Sharon Stone spoke passionately about finding a cure and vaccine for AIDS; Julianne Moore was outspoken about a woman’s right to choose; Lilly Tartikoff described her crusade to find innovative treatments for breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers; Sheryl Crow talked about her work for the Landmine Free World; Andrea Jung was passionate about Avon’s $200 million fund-raising target for breast cancer research and global women’s health efforts, and Donna Dees-Thomases described her experience organizing the Million Mom March chapters, which lobby for stronger gun laws.
And while the Glamour event, sponsored by Saturn, was definitely about women’s achievements, it could also have been mistaken for an Al Gore pep rally.
“We’re in serious danger of losing [reproductive] freedom. Please vote for Karenna’s dad,” said Julianne Moore, referring to Vice President Al Gore. Karenna Gore Schiff, who has been hitting the stump all year urging young people to get involved and vote, was also a recipient of Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards.
“You better vote for Al Gore,” Stone told the packed house. “I am so concerned about the future of the men and women who read this magazine. When any group’s choices are taken away, all of our choices are taken away.”
Stone, who said she learned in Celebrity 101, that “a journalist is never your friend,” said that Liz Smith, who presented her with the award, was indeed her friend and has consistently supported her work for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, of which she is campaign chair. “I’m also married to a journalist [Phil Bronstein]. I live on the edge,” she quipped.
As a new mother of an adopted son, she said, the issues have become even more important.
“I also know if I was a gay woman, George W. Bush wouldn’t allow me to have my son,” Stone said. “We are in a time where we must heal each other. We must heal our prejudices and the hurts, and the wounds of our losses. When this terrible plague began, politicians said it was a gay disease. It’s no longer a gay disease. Forty-six percent of people living with AIDS are women.”
Jung, president and chief executive of Avon, said she’s been asked on many occasions how it feels to be in her position.
“Getting the job done is a small part of it. What can a woman do to make a difference in other women’s lives? It’s not about lipsticks.+It’s about being able to change lives for women. I really believe we can make a difference. We can eradicate breast cancer.”
Sherry Lansing, chairman and chief executive officer of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by her boss, Sumner M. Redstone, chairman and ceo of Viacom. She said that while winning the award was very significant since she was an avid Glamour reader growing up, she had a small problem with the name of her award.
“The whole concept of a lifetime achievement award makes me sound so old,” said Lansing, who’s pioneered such films as “Fatal Attraction,” “The Accused,” “Braveheart,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Titanic.” “I like to feel like I’m at the halfway point. It’s a nod of encouragement for the future. I still have a lot of movies I hope to make.”
Lansing, who lost her mother to cancer, said, “I will not stop working until there’s a cure for this disease. She said the award is a reminder “of how much I still have left to do.”
The event, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was hosted by Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Glamour, and Deborah Fine, vice president and publisher.
Other Women of the Year were Olympic gold medalist Marian Jones; Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the highest-ranking woman in U.S. Army history; Gloria Weichand, who founded Gloria’s Place of Hope, a nonprofit organization and Web site dedicated to bringing gravely ill children to the U.S. for medical treatment; and Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever and named it “Sue.”
“We do think Sue, the biggest and baddest dinosaur that ever walked the earth, is a female,” said Hendrickson.