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I have to say again that coming up with this list was a joy, but also difficult because there were so many women who have done incredible things. Even more so now, I think the BBC panda was a waste of space.

Here’s the Second Half of the List

7. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins known as Adele has the year’s best-selling album which is called 21. Her video “Live at The Royal Albert Hall” is the #1 video and the number one single is her song “Rolling in the Deep.” She rocked all three charts!! Adele has won awards in Britain and in the U.S. and won grammies for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009. She is a powerful, poetic, and feisty woman,  masterful at building up our strengths and pulling on our emotions. She is strong and will prove it. I wrote on Adele’s success a few weeks back. To check that out, go to: https://matrifocalpoint.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/give-it-up-for-2011s-top-female-artists/

8. Sylvia Mendez is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto-Rican descent. In February 2011, in a ceremony at the White House, she was awarded the highest civilian honor in the country. President Barack Obama awarded her and 14 other recipients The Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor and is presented to people who have made important contributions to U.S. national security, world peace, culture or other significant public or private endeavors. As a child Méndez was denied access to an all white school. Her parents sued and prevailed in Mendez v. Westminster, a landmark decision in the Civil Rights movement against segregation. The success of the Mendez v. Westminster case made California the first state in the nation to end segregation in school, clearing the path for the Brown vs. Board of Education seven years later, which brought an end to school segregation in the United States. Now she is an educator and professional lecturer on the historic contributions made by her parents and the co-plaintiffs to the desegregation effort in the United States.

9. Kelly Clark– is a snowboarder from Dover, Vermont who has been snowboarding since she was 8 years old, and competing since 1999. She became a member of the US Snowboard team in 2000. This year 2011 she  took first place at the O’Neill Evolution Halfpipe event, won the Burton European Open Snowboarding Championships in the halfpipe and won the Winter Dew Tour USA-Killington Vermont. She won a first place finish in Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe at the 2011 Winter X Games 15 USA, where she was also the first female to land a 1080 in competition.

10. Carmelita Jeter: is an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters. She is the 2011 Internationl Association of Athletes Federation (IAFF) World Champion in the 100 meters. In 2007, she won the 100 m bronze at the World Championships in Athletics and a gold at the World Athletics Final. She then won a second World Championship bronze. Soon after she won her second gold of the World Athletics Final and won the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 10.64 seconds after that. This made her the second fastest woman ever in the 100 m. Currently she holds three of the top ten times ever run.

11. Zadie Smith is a British novelist who has written three novels: White Teeth, The Autograph Man, and On Beauty. She has published numerous short stories and countless non-fiction essays. In 2003, she was included on Granta’s list of 20 best young authors. She joined New York University’s Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor on September 1, 2010. She continues to be a prolific writer. In March 2011, she was interviewed for Harpers New Books column on the influence of motherhood on women novelists throughout history among other topics. That interview:


12. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Trade and was previously the Minister of Economy and Planning. She has won numerous awards and done extensive work toward improving the United Arab Emirates and the state of women there. In a country where less than half of the women work outside of the home, she is the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the United Arab Emirates. Her persistent calls for an open trade policy and her efforts to diversify the economy have helped put Dubai on the road to recovery. She is working to have the United Arab Emirates be the world’s #1 re-exporter of rice. She is an observant Muslim and she fights to improve the rights of women in the region. Forbes rated her as the most powerful Arab woman in the world.

Lucky 13. As a rememberance and honoring

Wangari Maathai was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She died in September 2011 at the age of 71. Wangari was a Kenyan environmentalist who began a movement to reforest her country by paying poor women to plant trees. The Nobel committee said hers was a “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” When she won the Nobel Peace Prize, it was a moment of immense pride in Kenya and across Africa. May she Rest in Peace.

Happy New Year! Blessings!