America's "Iconic" Woman: Oprah Winfrey??!!
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When I heard that there was going to be a new television show called “Commander-in-Chief” starring Geena Davis as the first female President, I knew I was going to hate it. But I just didn’t know how bad it was going to be.
And this reaction before I’ve even seen the show.
The Washington Post reports today on a press conference with Rod Lurie, the show’s creator. Lisa de Moraes reports that “Lurie thinks it a shame there are no ‘iconic’ women in history because women do have greatness in them.”
Well, gee, thanks Rod. Nice to know we do have it in us. . .
Lurie next reeled off examples of “iconic men:” George Washington, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln.
At least he didn’t say Bill Clinton.
But here’s the kicker. Obviously forgetting the wisdom of “stop digging,” Lurie added:
Try to find an iconic woman. There aren’t any. The most iconic woman is Oprah Winfrey, and she deserves it.
Oprah Winfrey??!! There aren’t any other “iconic women?” Please, Lisa, check your notes and tell me he didn’t really say that!
Hey Rod! Recognize any of these women?
Send me your nominations for my photo gallery of iconic women. . .
UPDATE: Such great names!! Be sure to read the wonderful lists of names in the comments. But first: how much do I love the fact that the very first person to get back to me with a gallery of women, complete with pictures, was. . . a guy?! Waco, you’re terrific! That really speaks to Kathy’s point in the comments that being a hero or a heroine shouldn’t be necessarily about gender. These women inspire us all.
After the jump — the expanded gallery of iconic women. . .
Here, in no particular order except for the first one, are Waco Kid’s (of Penguin Proletariat) submissions. . .
Mary I love this inclusion. Thank you Waco! And the Anchoress suggested the Virgin Mary too. It’s important to remember that she was a real woman. . .
Joan of Arc In addition to Waco’s list, Joan of Arc turned up on the Anchoress and MyssiAnn’s, too.
Lady Liberty This one surprised me! But quixotic though it may be, I really like the idea of including a real icon — reminding us that throughout the ages many of the virtues and goods of life have been depicted as feminine. . .
Georgia O’Keefe It’s a good thing to have an artist as a friend; I would never have thought of including Georgia O’Keefe.
Christa McAuliffe Who can forget where they were when the Challenger exploded, taking Christa McAuliffe with it. President Reagan: “We will never forget them this morning as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”
Madame Curie Who knew Madame Curie was so beautiful?
Eleanor Roosevelt Don’t care for Eleanor Roosevelt’s husband’s politics, but she was certainly a woman of accomplishment in her own right. Here’s something she wrote when she was fourteen: “…no matter how plain a woman may be if truth & loyalty are stamped upon her face all will be attracted to her….”
Golda Meir Golda Meir became the world’s third female Prime Minister when she was 71 years old.
Jane Goodall Jane Goodall is another one I wouldn’t have thought of, but in addition to Waco’s list, Goodall was recommended by Kathryn of Suitable for Mixed Company, too.
Harriet Tubman From Miss Attila, Harriet Tubman — she is believed to have helped at least 300 slaves escape into freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Abigail Adams Abigail Adams writing to her husband John at the Constitutional Convention: “Don’t forget the women.”
Susan B. Anthony Feminists claim Susan B. Anthony as one of their one who helped American women achieve suffrage. But did you know she was also strongly pro-life and spoke out against abortion?
Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! Thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime.
Elizabeth I And lastly, only because I have to for now, both the Anchoress and MyssiAnn remind us of Elizabeth I whose reign was so successful they called it the Elizabethan Era, or the Golden Age.