BettyConfidential’s Most Fascinating Women of 2009
Find out who made our list!
2009 was the year of men behaving badly (see also: Appalachian Trail hiker Gov. Mark Sanford, Balloon Boy’s whacko dad, Tiger Woods, that guy who dumped us … we could go on). Frankly, it wasn’t too hard for the ladies to shine. Yet certain fabulous – and infamous! – females captured our imaginations more than ever before this year.
Here are Betty’s Most Fascinating Women of 2009.
She’s not just our First Lady, she’s our most fascinating lady (see above). Michelle has brought fashion, romance, elegance, intelligence, organic veggies – and arm envy – to the White House. (Have we mentioned her clothes?)
Topping best dressed lists world over, Michelle stuns whether she’s acting as Mom-in-Chief to daughters Sasha and Malia, Mentor-in-Chief to the low-income D.C. students she frequently invites to White House events, Legend-in-Chief to honorees at Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball, Brain-in-Chief (making the list of Harvard’s 100 most influential alumni) or Spouse-in-Chief while slow dancing with her husband, the 44th president of the United States.
The only question we have for Michelle is – when will you run for office? Oh, and how do we get in touch with your trainer?
Love her or hate her (we’ve done both!), our nation can’t get enough of Sarah Palin. Depending on which way your arctic wind blows, she’s either a hot hockey mom who’s made great strides as a folksy female politician – or an empty-headed enemy to intelligent women.
What can’t be debated is that Sarah “Barracuda” isn’t afraid to (ice) fish for controversy. From tussles with David Letterman, to battles with her grandbaby-daddy Levi Johnston, to fights over her fashions on the campaign trail, to ruffled feathers with Camp McCain, Sarah’s had a knock-down drag-out year.
But she may just get the final K.O. Her book, Going Rogue: An American Life, topped the U.S. bestseller list in its first week on shelves, and her recent appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and at various book signings around the country have fueled rumors that Sarah has her sights on a 2012 White House bid.
From our lips to Tina Fey’s ears.
Sgt. Kimberly Munley is the kind of badass woman we all want as our BFF. The 5’4” mom/SWAT-team member/hunter/”tough woman” rushed to the scene of the Fort Hood massacre and fired shots at alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, during his killing spree.
While later reports indicated that Kimberly’s partner, Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, actually fired the shots that took Hasan down, she’s still a sharp shooting hero in our book.
The lady surfs, cares for a 3-year-old, dives headlong into danger to save strangers, stays cool under life-and-death pressure, stop burglars at her own home, takes a bullet AND writes a blog?
Sgt. Munley, you had us at hello.