Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is honored as Shine's Woman of the Year 2011.Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Edwards, teen activist Constance McMillen, Chef April Bloomfield, and community member Brett Blumenthal are just a few of the amazing women who have worn a crown as one of Shine's women of the year. While our editors throw out many names and list off the accomplishments and awards that make celebrities, politicians, activists, and real, hard-working women stand out in their efforts to make all of our lives better, there's always one lady who...well, shines brightest.
This year, that woman is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. At a time of great partisan divide and many controversial political issues that span abortion rights to wars, Giffords has shown the country how abiding and uniting patriotism can be.
As 2011 opened, the representative from Arizona was shot in a brutal attack that left 14 people injured and six dead. Giffords was appearing in front of a grocery store for a "Congress on your Corner" meet-and-greet when a gunman stormedRead More »from Shine's Woman of the Year 2011: Here She Is!