Monday, February 2, 2009

Incredible dinner party

I'm working on a project for that involves building and activating a constituency of women around the issues of global health and extreme poverty, particularly in Africa.

For inspiration, I asked a bunch of friends to nominate five living women who they found inspiring/amazing/rad.

Here's the guest list:

Aung San Suu Kyi
Catherine Keener
Elizabeth Lesser
Helen Thomas
Jenny Holzer
Joan Jett
Judy Blume
Julie Taymor
Kim Gordon
Lynda Barry
Martha Stewart
Maya Angelou
Meryl Streep
Michelle Obama
Natalie Jeremijenko
Parker Posey
Phoebe Philo
Supreme Master Ching Hai
Yayoi Kusama
Yoko Ono

Who would you add?

[Postscript: I would add the woman who crocheted this ATM cover! Spotted this morning over at Backspace.]


anders said...


Jackie said...

Doris Lessing.
And of course, me.

Anonymous said...

My Mom.

Colin Dodd said...

Vandana Shiva is blowing my mind lately.

Cara said...

more than five, though...

bell hooks
eve ensler
ani difranco
barbara ehrenreich
hillary clinton
gloria steinem
alice walker
peggy o'mara
mary pipher

is this too many for a dinner party?

Anonymous said...

Hillary Cottam

Holly Glaspey

Anonymous said...

you should do a mirrored list with women who aren't living. i bet that list would be better.

Anonymous said...


how do you know a woman crocheted that atm cover?

I'm Jelly said...

Because I asked the barista who made it, and he said, "some woman."

Anonymous said...

Temple Grandin
Shirin Ebadi
Marina Abramovic
Elizabeth Lecompte
Kate Valk

Deana said...

Margaret Atwood

trh said...

Ashley Judd

Andrew said...

Fiona Raby
Gena Rowlands

Lucy said...

Anne LaMott
Tina Fey
Sarah Vowell
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Amy Sedaris
Jane Gilbert

raymond mckinney said...

Don't forget Lucinda Williams, Helms.

matthew said...

i'm homeys with the girl who made the ATM cover!!!!
her name is Tai she works at VooDoo.
She's a badass!!!!

Brian C. Setzler said...

Dr. Riane Eisler
Jill Bamburg
Johanna Macy
Julia Butterfly Hill
Judi Bari

Mark Chmiel said...

Chân Không
Wangari Maathai
Kathy Kelly
Arundhati Roy
Rebecca Solnit