Monday proved to be a major day for girl power in the world of New York media, with both Cosmopolitan and Glamour hosting boldfaced name-studded events (which, apparently, had been unintentionally scheduled for the same day). And after last week’s historic victories for women in politics, the Cosmo 100 Lunch and Glamour's Women of the Year awards both made a point of honoring some newly elected figures.
For her unofficial “coming out” party, new Cosmo editor in chief Joanna Coles shut down New York media watering hole Michael’s for a group of 100 women, from actresses (Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Westfeldt) to fashion icons (Diane Von Furstenburg and Carmen Dell’Orefice) and media power players (like Randi Zuckerberg and Meryl Poster). But the biggest applause was saved for the handful of female politicians on hand, including New Hampshire Governor-elect Maggie Hassan, Hawaii Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, and New York Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng. Coles, who has been an ardent supporter of getting women involved in the political process, is clearly planning to bring that same political-savvy to the Cosmo brand.
Later that evening, more than a few of the Cosmo lunch attendees appeared again at Glamour’s event, which honored women who ran for office in 2012. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rory and Ethel Kennedy were among the award winners, while Chelsea Clinton presented at the Carnegie Hall confab.
Both Cosmo and Glamour also acknowledged Superstorm Sandy’s effect on the region in their own ways. Coles announced that Michael’s would serve a special Cosmo Cobb Salad for the next month, with proceeds going to help Sandy victims. And after honoring a group of relief workers at the Women of the Year awards, Cindi Leive's Glamour applauded the Samuel l. Newhouse foundation for donating $1 million to their cause.