Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tops a list of women serving as terrific role models for today’s girls, the Ms. Foundation said Thursday.
The foundation, which advocates for women’s issues, said it planned to issue a list of top 10 women role models annually.
“Their achievements create new opportunities for today’s girls,” Ms. Foundation President Marie Wilson said in a statement.
The foundation noted that Albright is the highest ranking woman to serve in the U.S. government but said that wasn’t enough.
“The role model that’s missing is a woman in the Oval Office,” Wilson said.
The foundation’s other role models include: Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the Army’s first three-star general; Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer, the National Basketball Association’s first female referees; Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, who led the campaign to ban land mines; Phile Chionesu, a public-housing advocate who organized the Million Woman March; actress Ellen DeGeneres, who brought lesbian issues to the fore when she and her TV character said they were gay, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who encouraged the nation to read through her on-air book club.
Rounding out the list were 8-year-old science whiz Kira Colvin, who earned a perfect score on the Grade 4 National Science Olympiad; Christy Haubbeger, who started Latina, a magazine for Hispanic women; and Harvard student Irene Ng, the only Asian-American lead on a TV series, Nickelodeon’s “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.”