For blazing a new, non-Appalachian trail in dealing with an unfaithful husband.
When the extramarital affair of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford became public knowledge in June, his wife, Jenny, did not stand by her man, defend him as the victim of a predatory woman or cry conspiracy. Rather, she packed her belongings and advised her husband to do a little soul-searching. "The incredible reaction my actions have generated just highlights how common such struggles in marriage are today," she says. Finally, on December 11, she filed for divorce, saying in her complaint, "This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family." Sanford, a former investment banker, has written a memoir that will be published in May. Here’s why she stands out in our book: for letting the world know that her husband’s infidelity was humiliating only for him.