Top 20 Moments For Women In 2011

2011 was a year of big strides and “firsts” for women. In no particular order, these are my picks for the most significant moments for women in 2011. Let me know on Facebook what your favorite moments were.

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1. Representative Michele Bachmann wins Iowa Straw Poll.
2. The attempted assassination and miraculous recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
3. Oprah ends her historic talk show.
4. The female cast of Bridesmaids proves that ladies can be funny fronting an R-rated comedy.
5. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Burmese opposition leader, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.
6. Women sailors make history with a lesbian homecoming kiss on the deck of the USS Oak Hill.
7. Katie Couric, the first woman to solo-anchor the network evening news, leaves her post on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
8. The British Parliament changes the rules of succession to the British throne, officially ending the centuries old policy of “primogeniture” - where male heirs take precedence over their sisters.

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9. The Military Diversity Leadership Panel recommends that women be officially allowed to serve in combat roles.
10. Elizabeth Warren’s Senate run excites progressives.
11. The country waits and speculates about Sarah Palin’s potential Presidential run.
12. Dilma Rousseff becomes President of Brazil and Denmark elects its first woman Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
13. Virgina Rometty appointed CEO of IBM.
14. Saudi Arabian women get the right to vote.
15. Jill Abramson named first woman Executive Editor of the New York Times.
16. Japanese women narrowly beat the U.S. women in a dramatic World Cup final match.
17. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, gives historic talk about women in business at TED conference.

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18. 41-year-old Tina Fey gives birth to second daughter, releases her autobiography Bossypants, and generally continues to prove that women can be funny, sexy, nerdy and have it all. (Yes, I’m a big fan).
19. AOL acquires Huffington Post, the blog and news aggregation site founded by media maven, Arianna Huffington.
20. Adele’s album, 21, spends 13 weeks atop the Billboard 200. A feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1998.