Jen Nedeau posts today the Top Ten Moments in Feminism of 2008. Many good things, but I’m especially fond of her #4, which notes that unmarried women went for Obama by a staggering 70-29 margin, in some states tipping the election to the Democrat.
Of course, I like me my top ten lists too, and Jen invited others to join the fun. Here are my “Top Ten Moments in Feminism of 2008″. I could have included several things from Jen’s excellent list, but in the interest of breadth of responses, here goes.
1. Electoral gains for women across the country, including the New Hampshire senate, where for the first time in American history, a state legislature now has a majority of women.
2. The Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion, endorsed the idea of women bishops for the first time this summer.
3. FIFA held the first-ever U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand; North Korea brought home the coveted trophy. At last in 2008, women and men now have complete age-group championship parity through the international FIFA structure.
4. Linda Sanchez, Democrat of Orange County, California, becomes the first “unwed mother” to serve in Congress. (The baby won’t be born until 2009, but the 39 year-old Sanchez won re-election after her “out-of-wedlock” pregnancy became public knowledge.)
5. For all you crazy Anabaptists out there, 2008 saw the first woman ordained as pastor in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, perhaps the most important regional conference in the Mennonite Church USA (of which I was once a member).
6. The reviews on Babeland’s new “Sasi” vibrator suggest that, well, something very special has arrived in the world of what used to be called “marital aids.” No one needs to hear this old boy’s opinion, but my “better-informed sources” tell me marvelous things.
7. Danica Patrick won her first Indy Car race, becoming the first woman to win on that prestigious motor racing tour.
8. The two biggest cooking shows on American television, “Top Chef” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, each had female winners for the first time.
9. In both Rwanda and Spain, women moved into the majority of cabinet positions in government — the first time women had held the majority of cabinet positions in any democracy.
10. Rachel Maddow (whom I adore) becomes the first openly lesbian host of a prime-time television news program.
Feel free to do your own top tens!