by Leslie Morgan Steiner
I adore Sandra Bullock. Loved the movie The Blind Side, am entranced by her baby love for adopted son Louis, admire her as a generous-spirited, cool-headed career woman who doesn’t indulge in the all-too-common Hollywood games of being too thin, too vain, or overly papparazzi-obsessed.
But when People Magazine dropped through my mail slot Friday, I was stunned: Sandra Bullock is People’s Woman of the Year?
Really? What for?
Then my beloved Washington Post’s gossip column, The Reliable Source, named Elizabeth Edwards its Person of the Year.
Again – yes, Elizabeth was amazing – but the most amazing person of the year?
Bullock and Edwards boast significant personal and professional accomplishments. But these achievements – Bullock’s Oscar nomination for The Blind Side, her role as a single mom, Edward’s two best-selling books and cancer fights – do not top Hillary Clinton’s Secretary of State triumphs, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai’s environmental battles, or the ceaseless devotion showed to America’s five million abused women by Lynn Rosenthal, President Obama’s first advisor on preventing violence against women.