Gut Rumbles

July 23, 2003

10 greatest american wimmen

I kept my list to ten because, quite frankly, I find it difficult to make a list of 20 Great American Wimmen. I don't mean that in a chauvanistic way, either. Wimmen just haven't been allowed to participate in the moving and shaking of the nation as long as men have. I believe my picks illustrate that fact clearly.

Here are mine, in no order of importance. They are in order of how they popped into my head.

1) Condolizza Rice. That woman has brains, determination, beauty and strength. Whatta woman!

2) Annie Oakley. The original American Tomboy. Good with a gun and fit for a Wild West show. Ya gotta LOVE that!

3) Lucille Ball. An American Icon. "Lucy" entertained generations. I'll never forget her in the pie factory.

4) Clara Barton. She was an angel on the battlefield and founded the American Red Cross. 'Nough said.

5) Sandra Day O'Connor. The first female Supreme Court Justice. I don't believe that she's always been a great judge, but she beats the shit out of Ruth Bader-Ginsberg.

6) Sally Ride. The first female astronaut. Plus, you just have to love that name. Ride, Sally, ride!

7) Billie Jean King. A true, fire-breathing champion. She sat Bobby Riggs right on his big-mouthed ass. I LIKE strong wimmen.

8) Amelia Earhart. Wimmen weren't supposed to do what she did. She did it anyway. The fact that she crashed and died on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe does not change my mind about her. That woman had BALLS.

9) Babe Diedricksen. The best female athlete who ever lived, period. That is one amazing woman.

10) (This is a tie) Rosa Parks, because I've always admired people who refused to take shit and Katherine Hepburn, because she didn't take any shit, either. I like UNCONVENTIONAL wimmen, too.

Okay, there they are. My picks.

Now I need to go check my email and comments to see how many people agreed with me.


What a charming list! We appreciate your appreciation!

Posted by: Samantha on July 23, 2003 05:43 PM

Can't argue with a single one, especially Condi !!

Posted by: MommaBear on July 23, 2003 05:53 PM

I have to disagree with you on Billie Jean King. Bobby Riggs wasn't exactly playing the game to win. He was running around putting on silly costumes and acting the fool. For a tennis player Riggs was was an OLD man in 1973. He won his first pro match sometime in the late 1930's. Riggs was in his late fifties and King was in her twenties at the time. I still think it was an elaborate setup by the women's libbers of the time. Let Riggs win the first set and then have the much younger and faster King beat him. If you want to answer the question today a much better match up might be Pete Sampras or whoever the top seed male is now, playing against one of the Williams sisters or Jennifer Capriati.

Posted by: Dennis P. on July 23, 2003 06:11 PM

Oh, could I have forgotten Condoleezza Rice?! We seem to have been thinking along similar lines, except for her.

Posted by: Buffy on July 23, 2003 06:13 PM

Martina Navratilova outgunned B. J. King, but King set the tone for women tennis stars to be accorded stature!

Posted by: MommaBear on July 23, 2003 06:33 PM

You're wrong about Hepburn. She took an incredible amount of shit from Spencer Tracy.

Posted by: Emily on July 23, 2003 06:40 PM

This is a little late, but I just thought of Commodore Grace Hopper, USN, the originator of Cobol. She is also remembered for a great line while testifying before a congressional committee: "A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are for."

Posted by: Ernie G on July 23, 2003 07:01 PM

Mommabear-Martina was probably a better tennis player. One problem though, she is not American.

Posted by: Glendon on July 23, 2003 07:07 PM

Margaret Sanger. No question.

Posted by: shell on July 23, 2003 08:34 PM

Martina has been an American citizen for quite a few years, MB believes.....will look it up.

Posted by: MommaBear on July 23, 2003 08:39 PM

...On July 21, 1981, Navratilova became an American citizen...

From her official short bio......

Posted by: MommaBear on July 23, 2003 08:42 PM

Margaret Thatcher, anyone?

Posted by: Christopher Hlatky on July 23, 2003 10:11 PM

Nancy Ward..."Good Woman" of the ancestor of mine.

Posted by: bob in the hills on July 23, 2003 10:19 PM

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B Anthony
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Lucretia Mott
Eleanor Roosevelt
Dorothea Dix

Posted by: hope on July 23, 2003 10:34 PM

Instead of Amelia Earhart, I'd go with Jackie Cochrain. Jackie was also an aviation pioneer for women, and she also founded the WASP's of WWII. She had a lot of fortitude.

Posted by: Mythilt on July 23, 2003 10:39 PM

Hepburn. Goddess. Complete and utter Goddess.

"Desk Set" is one of my favorite movies, and it's because of Kate.

Posted by: Keith on July 24, 2003 08:08 AM

And Condoleeza is from Alabama, which makes her even better!

Posted by: sugarmama on July 24, 2003 09:13 AM

Excuse me? How many of these women made the world a better place for someone other than themselves? I MIGHT make an exception for Ms. Rice, but the historical jury is still out and won't be coming in for a decade or so.

Like I said, when compared to crushing Communism nearly everything pales in comparison. And I would *DEARLY* love for someone to explain to me how ANY professional athlete makes anything better for the world as a whole. Sure, everybody loves a winner, but no physical accomplishment compares to . . . oh, say wiping out polio.

Amelia Earhart? Oh, yeah! Flying a plane is a unique skill nobody else could do. Women's suffrage? I have a two word argument against that : Bill Clinton.

Better go back to the drawing board and redefine "greatest". What I have seen so far doesn't merit "so-so" in my book.

Posted by: Buster on July 24, 2003 09:38 AM

I am so with you on Condi Rice, and most of the others. To that I might add St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a Maryland woman who was widowed at a young age and left with several small children. She went to work in the archdiocese of Baltimore, and with the help of the bishop at the time became a sister of and established the American wing of the Daughters of Charity. As the leader of this order of nuns, she established schools and hospitals all over the United States which provided care to poor and wealthy alike.

The hospital where I work was established in the 19th century by sisters of her order who came to Indianapolis with $37.44. St. Vincent Hospital is now listed in the USNews as #47 nationally for cardiac care and #32 for neurological care. Not bad for a group of east coast nuns with less than $40 between them.

She is one of the first American saints, and her legacy lives on in cities and small towns all over this country. She started her order in poverty and died in poverty, never taking personal profit from any of the hospitals or schools that were founded by her order. This was a great lady.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on July 24, 2003 10:43 AM

Can't argue with your list. Just wish you had room for:

Florence Seibert (scientist who made it possible to test for tuberculosis - also pioneered safe intravenous therapy),

Chien-Shiung Wu (nuclear scientist whose work altered modern physical theory and changed the accepted view of the structure of the universe),

and Juliette Low (founder of the Girl Scouts - for the cookies).

Posted by: Jane Grae on July 24, 2003 02:29 PM

Great list! I'd have to add Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie. Oh, and of course, Mother Theresa.

Posted by: Allison on July 24, 2003 03:07 PM

i'm with you on about all of them. I'd add Carol Kaye, just cos. (cmon, A-man, you have GOT to know who she is)

Posted by: pril on July 25, 2003 07:46 AM

Annie Oakley is a relative of mine. Her real name was Phoebe Ann Moses.

This is a completely useless comment, but hey.

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