There was no doubting the power of women at the Connecticut Convention Center Thursday where more than 800 women and men turned out for the CT Women’s Hall of Fame dinner honoring radio host and foodie Faith Middleton, famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and foreign correspondent Anne Garrels.
“I am drawn here because this is where my family is from,” said Leibovitz, who was born in Waterbury. The wild-haired artist who is best known for her celebrity portraits, said she is does not consider herself any kind of women’s activist noting that while women have made in strides in some areas, in others they have not and it is what it is and women sustain and exceed despite it.
“If we didn’t grow we would all be in a binder,” she laughed, referencing Republican presidentialcandidate Mitt Romney’s comment at a recent debate.
Middleton, who hosts her own show on NPR, said she was proud to be inducted into the Hall of Fame because of what it represents for women who have both small and large achievements.
And speaking of large achievements, celebrating one was former radio show host, CT-N’s Diane Smith ,who, with gal pal, “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinski, is writing a book about self-image. And Smith has taken her challenges to heart, dropping 50 pounds over the past several months as she pursues better health and fitness.
“I’m shopping my closet now,” she said showing off her new bod and an outfit she said she hasn’t been able to wear for the last five years. “I am feeling so good.”
Also celebrating was Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon who arrived at the dinner after completing her last debate with Democrat challenger, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.
“I am glad they are over,” said a no-worse-for-the wear McMahon about the last of the showdowns.
And as far as poll numbers showing her trailing behind the Congressman?
“Nov. 6 is the poll to watch,” she said smiling. “That’s the one that counts.”
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