iVillage Women of the Year: The 10 Women Who Inspired Us Most in 2011

From using celebrity to do good to serving as a role model for grace during scandal, here are the women we found the most inspiring this year (11 Photos)

Kelly Wallace on Jan 2, 2012 at 7:00AM

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iVillage Women of the Year: The 10 Women Who Inspired Us Most in 2011

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Melissa McCarthy

When we think of Melissa McCarthy, we smile -- and laugh out loud. How could we not! Her breakout performance in the blockbuster Bridesmaids stands out as one of the best for a female comedic actress in recent memory and her Emmy win this year for the television sitcom Mike & Molly further added to her It girl status. She's an example of how great acting is important, not body type -- Hollywood, are you getting that message? Our hope is that we see plenty more of McCarthy in all kinds of roles in 2012, not just those for plus-size women.  

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