Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and Danica Patrick Among Top 10 Bodacious Women of 2005

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Former AOL insider and author launches first ever awards to recognize worthy role models in the news.

Being bodacious is having the courage to be in charge of your life. A Bodacious Woman is this century's www.BodaciousWomanAwards.com [Wonder Woman]

It’s not everyday that a woman is called “bodacious.” But, today, Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Danica Patrick, and seven others received a Bodacious Woman Award for being worthy role models of women in the news.

The new awards were established by Mary Foley, a former AOL insider who discovered in her ascent from an $8 an hour customer service representative to the company’s first head of corporate training for 12,000 that she needed to shed her self-inhibiting “good girl” and become a “bodacious woman.”

“Being bodacious is having the courage to be in charge of your life. A Bodacious Woman is this century’s Wonder Woman,” states Foley.

Now, after writing her award-winning book “Bodacious! Woman: Outrageously in Charge of Your Life and Lovin’ It!” and dedicating her life to inspiring women to be more bodacious through her company Bodacious! Ventures (http://www.GoBodacious.com), Foley has established the Bodacious! Woman Awards to recognize women in the news who are exceptional role-models.

“We need more women in the national arena to be examples of positive gutsiness. Each of the ten women who are the 2005 award winners have incredible stories of ‘firsts’ and of comebacks," says Foley. “Not only do I want to encourage these ten women to keep being bodacious, I also want to point thousands of other women to their example.”

“Take Martha Stewart,” Foley continues. “After a fall from one of the largest IPOs in history, Martha came out of prison stronger than ever. Her willingness to share the experience and what she learned from it is a huge act of courage. As a result, she’s more real and endearing than ever. She even went right into launching a new TV show. You can’t keep a Bodacious Woman down for long.”

“Then there’s Ellen DeGeneres who’s been full of firsts and this year continues to have a remarkable comeback with her highly successful daytime talk show. Be it her quirky commentary on common life or her daily dance grooves that anyone can do, she’s a high octane Bodacious Woman with a low octane demeanor.”

“But, not every Bodacious Woman Award winner is styling on TV. At 23 years old Danica Patrick did what no man was able to pull-off: She single-handedly revived the Indy Racing League (IRL) by earning her way to race in the Indy 500. The result was fourth place and the IRL rookie of the year. It takes a Bodacious Woman to say she’s fast and is aiming to be faster!”

In addition to Stewart, DeGeneres, and Patrick, there are seven other Bodacious Woman Award Winners including the President and CEO of eBay Margaret Whitman, recently retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Actress Geena Davis, 16 year old Professional Golfer Michelle Wie, Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, and Foodie Chef Rachael Ray.

“All ten of these women are an inspiration. They affirm and move us!” says Foley, who created the website http://www.BodaciousWomanAwards.com to list this year’s award winners and why she chose them. Anyone can add their comment about the award winners, submit 2006 nominations, or get a free copy of Mary’s e-book “Becoming a Bodacious Woman: The Essentials Every Woman Must Know.”

“We learn and grow the most from interacting with others,” concludes Foley. “It is my hope that thousands of women will be inspired by this year’s Bodacious Woman Award winners and be a part of shaping the 2006 awards, as well as becoming more bodacious themselves.”

Mary Foley is author of “Bodacious! Woman: Outrageously in Charge of Your Life and Lovin’ It!,” winner of an honorable mention as “One of the 10 Best Outstanding Books of the Year in 2005” by the Independent Publishers Association. During her decade long career at America Online where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to the head of corporate training, Mary transformed from a good girl to a Bodacious Woman. Mary’s mission is to inspire millions of women to be bodacious in their lives, businesses, and careers through her company Bodacious! Ventures (http://www.GoBodacious.com).

Contacts:    

Mary Foley: 804-249-4749

Barbara Keddy: 703-759-7529

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