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Glamour magazine picks ASU student for Top 10 College Women list

June 06, 2007

Life couldn’t get much more glamourous for Megan McGinnity, an ASU senior from Mesa. She’s featured in the June 2007 issue of Glamour magazine as one of “Glamour’s Top 10 College Women.”

McGinnity, 22, is a petite political science and economics major who is working to stop human slave trafficking worldwide. A year ago, she visited 10 countries to collect data for her honors thesis on how to strengthen anti-trafficking programs.

Megan McGinnity, an ASU senior from Mesa. McGinnity once spent eight months working in a Romanian orphanage while studying in Romania on scholarship. She later met former child slaves in Ghana, where she found her calling: putting an end to the buying and selling of human beings as slaves.

McGinnity is a courageous volunteer who also created a Model United Nations program for middle school students shortly after enrolling at ASU.

She currently is in Egypt studying Arabic, and after graduation she plans on a career in diplomacy. In fact, in the article she says her goal is to be U.S. Secretary of State.

McGinnity graduated from Mesa’s Mountain View High School in 2003. She has a 4.0 grade-point average at ASU, and last spring she won a $30,000 Truman Scholarship, the nation’s highest undergraduate leadership award.

Following ASU graduation next May, McGinnity plans to enter a joint master’s program in foreign service and economics at Georgetown University.

For the past 50 years, Glamour has saluted the most outstanding young female leaders on America’s campuses, many of whom have gone on to achieve remarkable success. Martha Stewart was a 1961 winner from Barnard College. The article is online at