Thursday, January 5, 2012

50 Best

In light of yesterday's post, I thought it would be appropriate to share the 50 best moment for women in 2011 Here are my favorites:

-In November Sue Falsone is named the LA Dodgers' Head Athletic Trainer, making her the only female head athletic trainer in all men's major professional sports.

-The iconic image of the homecoming kiss between a member of the Navy and the loved one left behind gets a revision after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. In December, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif. descends from her ship, the USS Oak Hill, at Virginia Beach to kiss her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles in front of crew, officers and onlookers.

-For the first time ever, something other than clear blue liquid appears in a feminine hygiene commercial. Always released a print advertisement in July depicting a sanitary pad with a single red dot on it. Yes ladies, the jig is up. Now the whole world knows what a period looks like: a little red dot.

-"Blue Valentine," starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, was originally rated NC-17 due to a sex scene in which Gosling's character performs oral sex on Williams'. After an outcry from the film's stars and The Weinstein Company -- the scene depicts consensual, not all that graphic sex -- the rating is struck down. Gosling was especially vocal about the MPAA's "double standard" surrounding female pleasure. Swoon.

-This year, teen girls took all three spots in Google's 2011 Global Science Fair: Lauren Hodge, 14, on how a marinade might prevent carcinogens from forming in grilled chicken; Naomi Shah, 16 on a possible link between airborne pollutants and lung disease; and Shree Bose, 17, on drug resistance in ovarian cancer.

-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gwobee and Tawakul Karman share the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Sirleaf,73, the current president of Liberia, played a huge role in extricating the country from civil war. Gwobee, 39, has campaigned for women's rights and against rape in the same country. Karman, 32, a journalist and politician from Yemen who has crusaded for press freedom and an end to human rights violations there, is the youngest person ever to win the prize and the first Arab woman to win.

-After an Iowa town hall meeting in which Mitt Romney seemed not to understand a question about the Mississippi "personhood" amendment, which opponents feared could lead to a ban on oral contraceptives,Rachel Maddow spends a segment of her show explaining to Romney how the female reproductive system and birth control work -- against a "man cave" background.

-Miss Representation - Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary makes everyone who's thinks they've heard it before refocus on how badly the media depicts women -- and how we can change that.

-This one is actually a succession of moments. First, in May, 32-year-old engineer Manal al-Sharif breaks Saudi Arabia's unwritten law banning women from driving a car. She's imprisoned, but her driving inspires other Saudi women to get behind the wheel on June 17 as part of the Women2Drive campaign. Hillary Clinton speaks out on the issue, 14 female U.S. Senators petition King Abdullah to let women drive, and women continue to break the law. Later in the year, Abdullah grants women the right to vote in elections for the first time. Coincidence?

-Per the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance policies issued after January 1, 2013 must cover birth control -- with no copays. The same provisions will cover breast pumps for nursing mothers, domestic violence counseling and a number of other women's health services. What took them so long?

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