The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Gabrielle Giffords

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I remember when Gabrielle Giffords was the name across the country. Let’s take a look at why.

  • Arizona Democrat member of the House of Representatives
  • She was shot in the head by a constituent in January of 2011 but survived.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gabrielle_Giffords_official_portrait.jpg

I think she was influential – well, not her precisely, but what happened to her. Before she was shot, not many people knew her name. But after her shooting, she really united America in a unique way. It didn’t matter that she was a Democrat from Arizona – she was one of our own, one of our representatives that had been shot. And that had a uniting factor about it for the country for a little while. Especially since she survived – her story of recovery pushed the nation together, everyone was pulling for her.

P.S. Not related to her influence, but she was the youngest woman who has ever been elected to serve in the senate in Arizona. Which I think is pretty cool.

Other influential women from Time’s Most Influential List 2011 that I profiled include Major General Margaret Woodward, Maria Bashir, Mia Wasikowska, Esther Duflo, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Michele Bachmann, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Dilma Rousseff, Michelle ObamaAung San Suu Kyi, Kim Clijisters, Jennifer Egan, Amy Chua, Angela Merkel, and Amy Poehler.

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