Women You Admire

nancybee_2010May 10, 2012

I have always admired Helen Keller (she was brilliant and wonderful). Hillary, Condoleeza Rice, and I'm sure I'll think of others when I have more coffee!

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My mother, my grandmothers, my daughter, and all those unsung and nameless women whose very hard work and dedication to family created what was and is the best of humanity. Hillary Clinton, not so much.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:08PM
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Definitely Hillary. She has broken a lot of glass ceilings and paved the way for others who came along after her.

My mom. She used to drive me nuts (and I drove her nuts ,too). However, she has shown such strength in such hard circumstances, such as caring for my sister when she died of cancer and persevering when my father left. Now she is 94 and still going strong with a good attitude.

All the women who endured the slings and arrows to secure equal rights for women. Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug and many more.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:39PM
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Famous figures: Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd

No longer with us: Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana

Personal heroine: My sister, who was diagnosed with cancer 3 times in the last 5 years and is going strong and living it up!

She lost a breast, a lung, underwent a 12 hour-long brain tumor surgery, and two bouts of radiation and chemo. She's a champ, and the most courageous, kind, generous and loving person I have ever known. She's also really smart and funny!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:43PM
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Rosa Parks and Amelia Earheart among the more well known ones.

As far as personal ones: my ex-MIL, My OB (wouldn't have my daughter without her), and my sister.

And lots of others whom I don't know the names of, but on a daily basis does things to better the world.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:53PM
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I admire Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi. And even though they're not women, Elton John and David Furnish.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 2:47PM
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All women who respect the fact that everyone deserves to live their life without fear of unfair treatment or discrimination. I have zero respect for a woman who doesn't.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 2:50PM
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Among well known women, Joni Eareckson Tada is the one I admire most. She has been through the trenches of life and supports those who can't support themselves.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 2:54PM
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First and foremost, my mother. She raised me and my eight sisters and brothers with a huge love of family and to treat everyone with kindness, respect and without prejudice. She taught us that "to whom much is given, much is expected" and "If you don't have anything good to say about someone, don't say anything at all". Mom never preached, she just taught us by example . . and she is so much fun to be with, too. Today she is 83 years old and she's still my hero and my good friend as well. My siblings and their families feel the same way. In fact, I've never met anyone who didn't really like and admire my mom. She's a very special human being, IMO.

Other women I admire: my 4 sisters, Oprah Winfry, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Condy Rice, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, and the greatest teacher I've ever known who teaches science at DD's school.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 3:27PM
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The one I admire most is my daughter. She has been through one trial after another and continues to strive to be the best mother to her children. She supports her friends who are in similar situations and she looks forward to each day as a gift. I'm proud to know her and be her mom. This is the child we wanted to freeze between the ages of 13-18, so you just never know.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 3:34PM
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I admire women who are not afraid to express their views regardless if its popular opinion. I admire women who have different views of my own and respect that I might not share theirs. I admire women who like a good debate and are secure enough to realize that we don't all have to be exactly alike to be friends. I especially admire open minded women who I can disagree with and they do not hold a grudge. As far as famous people to admire, most people have more than one side and as I only know the public one I would only be able to list accomplishments that I like and not the person as a whole.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 3:59PM
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The CEO of my company.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 4:19PM
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I admire women who (if they have a choice) forgo a fancy house, car, or other luxuries in order to stay at home with a child. I admire the women who have no other choice who work outside of the home in order to provide for their child. I admire the women who work for incredibly low wages (shame on us) in daycare centers and nursing homes caring for our loved ones when we cannot.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 5:22PM
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Amen to that, Oly!!!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 5:30PM
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Agreed olychick!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 6:28PM
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I admire a dear friend who has suffered much in life--she was adopted into an unhappy home where she was sexually abused for 10 years. After she married, her 2 year old child was diagnosed with brain cancer. When her daughter was declared cancer-free some 15 years later, my friend had a brain aneurysm that caused a series of strokes; she was then diagnosed with Parkinson's. Due to overwhelming medical bills, she and her husband struggle to make ends meet. She cares for her disabled daughter (who is now a young adult) and another, younger daughter.

In spite of all that, she is a talented artist whose work is inspired by the natural world. She has an amazing spirit. Whenever I feel sorry for myself, I think of her, and her unflinching bravery and her abiding joy for life. She is an inspiration to me.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 6:56PM
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I admired my mother. She raised five girls of her own and took in three other girls along the way. She was President of her Union for 27 years, leading strikes in an effort toward equal pay for women.

She served on the school board, sewed clothes for children who had less, was the Secretary/treasurer of the water district. When she got cancer, she never missed a day of work. She would come home after work and radiation to cook dinner. She gardened and canned and made eight pies on Saturday mornings.

She taught me by example what being capable meant. She could hunt for food, kill a rattlesnake the cat drug in without fear. She raised us to be proud of who we were and that no one was better than anyone else.

Mom remained active until the day she died. She could outwork anyone i have ever met. She knew how to listen and make everyone feel special. I wish I could be half the woman she was.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 7:00PM
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I think you underestimate yourself, Goldie. You sound very much like your mom.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 7:17PM
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The women in the Natl Women's Hall of Fame get my votes!

Here is a link that might be useful: Natl Women's Hall of Fame

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 8:22PM
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There are so many I admire I can't even begin to list them. My mother and grandmother. I have learned so much from them. My mother made sure her daughters were self confident, independent women who knew they could do whatever they wanted, and have their mother's support in whatever we chose. She was our biggest cheerleader. The contentment I feel today with my life, I owe in part, to my mother.

Celebreties I admire I think first of Dana Reeves and Princess Diana.

So many in my life - my two "angels" - friends of my mom who have stepped in to love me and be there for me. They receive a mother's day care with a note telling them what they mean to me.

My sister.

And yes Goldie, when you wrote about your mom, I don't think you realize just how much of that describes you as well.


    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 8:53AM
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Christiane Amanpour. Fascinating life and an unwavering contempt for the atrocities (and the people who cause them) that happen across the globe. This passion has often garnered criticism aimed at her "objectivity" in reporting.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 12:15PM
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Gold, I think you're more than "half the woman" your mother was. :)

I won't list the reasons but I highly admire my DIL's mother. I think it's because I love her personality and how she never seems to tire!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 12:22PM
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Goodness, thanks! Honestly I wasn't fishing for compliments. The single most important mantra of my Moms: "You make the bed you lay in." To her children, it meant that if you make a mess of your life, you will live in that mess and clean it up yourself. She wasn't able to rescue us from ourselves.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 12:42PM
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I've loved reading about all these admirable and inspirational women!

Another woman I admire is Julia Child.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 12:54PM
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I admire the honest, ethical women - and men - I have known through the years. People who do hard, honest work, and do it well. People who love themselves and each other.

I do not admire narrow-minded people who are so afraid of life and reality that they stomp on honest, free speech, who are not even honest enough to say who they are and take ownership of their actions.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 1:36PM
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I do not admire narrow-minded people who are so afraid of life and reality that they stomp on honest, free speech, who are not even honest enough to say who they are and take ownership of their actions.


    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:13PM
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I don't admire those people either, but it's possible that some people have threads deleted because they like to report it when politics is discussed here.

But it's a shame because threads where people have differing opinions on things tend to be interesting!

Stay tuned, this one may disappear too!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:31PM
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I mean, as opposed to because they don't agree with something.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:33PM
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Nancy, would you mind emailing me? I couldn't find a link on your member page to your address.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:35PM
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You could be right Nancy. Until I got the friendly reminder and re-read the rules, I didn't realize or remember that politics are not supposed to be discussed here. Apparently even on the conversation side.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:47PM
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I emailed you, natal-

tina, I wish they would change that rule. Like many people, I like to hear different opinions on current events. It doesn't have to get ugly.
I don't really like the hot topics forum, I'm interested in what "you guys" have to say!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:53PM
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I agree Nancy - especially on the conversations side. Unless I missed something, I don't think that particular thread got out of hand.

I don't like hot topics either.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 2:57PM
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Tina, where does it say that about politics? I searched the Terms of Service using the word politics and nothing came up.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 3:53PM
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I love having my mind stretched - especially by people I admire. That includes everyone here! HT seems to thrive on talking over one another. Here, I feel like we talk with each other.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 4:13PM
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This was linked in my friendly reminder email. Sorry - the numbers didn't copy! It's the sixth rule down.

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    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 4:19PM
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I'd love to know where that's written on the GW site. It's sure not in the Terms of Service. Anyone know?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 4:25PM
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Ok, so I don't get it, Hot Topics has the same rules as we do are they the exception?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 5:14PM
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I see this thread took a turn from it's original theme. I kind of get the GW philosophy based on reading the details Tina posted. I think they want it to be a generally friendly and positive place so people continue to want to come here and aren't driven away by nastiness. It seems like the Hot Topics forum is intended to be the one place you can go and post all the controversial stuff that is likely to result in hostile responses.

I don't mind differences of opinion and a little debate with educated people but I truly don't care for the Hot Topics forum. I would probably drift away from GW if a lot of it included that kind of thing. As it is I see enough people getting wigged out over what someone else said. I'm always amazed how worked up some people can get over something some anonymous person writes on the internet. And I also often wonder if those who get kind of nasty would have the courage to say the same thing to someone's face. Maybe - maybe not.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 9:04PM
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So...women you admire?

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 12:40AM
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