Passion for Food, Fast Cars and Adventure Earn Rachael Ray, Danica Patrick and Eileen Collins A Bodacious Woman Award

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Whether it be for food, fast cars or adventure, what drives Rachael Ray, Danica Patrick and Eileen Collins is passion for what they do. It’s that passion that has earned them and seven other well-known women to become the recipient of the Bodacious Woman Awards (http://www.BodaciousWomanAwards.com).

Whether it be for food, fast cars or adventure, what drives Rachael Ray, Danica Patrick and Eileen Collins is passion. It’s that passion that has earned them and seven other well-known women to become the recipient of the Bodacious Woman Awards (http://www.BodaciousWomanAwards.com).

The new awards, established by former AOL insider and author Mary Foley, recognize women in the news who are exceptional role-models. “Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day these women have passion. They’ve got it the other 364 days of the year as well” says Foley, author of the award winning book “Bodacious! Woman: Outrageously in Charge of Your Life and Lovin’ It!” “Passion is what drives their success personally and professionally. You can’t make this up. What these women did over the last year is amazing. They are truly bodacious!”

“For example, with already several shows on the Food Network, two best selling cookbooks out this year, a new magazine, and a new talk show in the works, Rachael Ray knows how to heat up things up in and out of the kitchen. You have to have tremendous passion to do all that and do it well.”

“Danica Patrick may make some men’s hearts pound faster, but it’s being fast on the race way that’s gets Patrick going. 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.”

“Eileen Collins’ passion for adventure and exploration led to her being the first female Commander of a space shuttle expedition. Her most recent command had the added pressure and significance as the fist shuttle flight since the re-entry breakup of the shuttle Columbia.”

In addition to Ray, Patrick and Collins, there are seven other Bodacious Woman Award Winners including the rebounding Martha Stewart, eBay’s CEO Margaret Whitman, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, talk-show host and dancer groover Ellen DeGeneres, Actress Geena Davis, and Professional Golfer Michelle Wie.

“All ten of these women are inspiring. They affirm and move us!” says Foley, who created the website http://www.BodaciousWomanAwards.com to show all the award winners and encourages others to post comments. 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.”

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).

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