WIVES OF STEEL
Over the past several years, we’ve seen a lot of women stand by a lot of powerful, unfaithful men: Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer, Dina Matos McGreevey, Elizabeth Edwards. But in 2009, the “good wife” stopped being the norm:
Jenny Sanford – When her husband, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, held a press conference last June to admit that he had gone to South America and wasn’t really hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jenny wasn’t standing dutifully by his side. Late this year, the governor said he still hoped to salvage his marriage. That same week, his wife filed for divorce.
Elin Nordegren – After she realized that her husband, Tiger Woods, was cheating, she reportedly sent him on a crash course down the driveway of their Florida estate last November. Earlier this month, she hired a top divorce lawyer, and still had time to take the couple’s children, Sam and Charlie, to her native Sweden for Christmas.
Kate Gosselin – Whether you love her or hate her, the Jon And Kate Plus Eight star sent her man-child husband, Jon, packing when their relationship deteriorated. Though she probably couldn’t be accused of taking the high road (airing your dirty laundry on television is never the way to go, even if he did it first), she eventually stepped back to let him make a fool of himself . Not that he needed any help.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee – The American journalists traveled to northeastern China earlier this year to report about human trafficking. When their guide led them to the North Korean border, they were spotted and caught by North Korean soldiers on Chinese soil. After being held captive for more than four months, the women were sentenced to 12 years’ hard labor for “trespassing” and “hostile acts.” In August, they were freed after former President Bill Clinton negotiated their release.
Sergeant Kimberly Munley – One of the first police officers on the scene last November when Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas, Munley exchanged shots with him and was hit. Her courage in the midst of a chaotic, terrifying situation was no surprise to Munley’s colleagues, who had already nicknamed her Mighty Mouse because of her bravery and 5’2” stature. During his rampage, Hassan, a psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 42 others.
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.