Women of the Year 2012

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Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis

Oct. 11, 2012 - Montclair, New Jersey, U.S. - EMMA AXELROD, ELENA TSEMBERIS and SAMMI SIEGEL (l to r), the three Montclair High School students who gathered more than 180,000 signatures and successfully petitioned the Commission on Presidential Debates to include a female moderator in one of the presidential debates, chat with CHETANA GULIANI prior to being honored at the ''Girl Power'' vice-presidential debate watch party hosted by The Women's Fund of New Jersey.(Credit Image: © Brian Cahn/ZUMAPRESS.com)

"Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley's pointed moderation of the Presidential Debates were definitely turning points in the tight campaign season. And we can thank three high school sophomores -- Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis -- for starting an online petition calling for a woman to moderate." --Grace

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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