Ten Awesome Women In The News

Sure, there are plenty of stories in the news about women stabbing their husbands and the like, but there are also ladies who are doing spectacular things these days, especially right now with the Olympics going on. Below, ten fabulous females who make us proud.

Dara Torres
The oldest Olympic swimming medalist ever at 41, Dara Torres completed her fifth Olympic games this weekend with two silver medals, just missing a gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Not only did she prove that women can be competitive even as they get older (her age was more than the gold-and bronze-medal winners combined), but she’s also the ultimate working mother, with a two-year-old daughter named Tessa. [WSJ] Oksana Chusovitina
Another Olympian fighting ageism, Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest gymnast by a decade in Beijing, and she won a silver medal in the vault competition. Yes, this is a big deal in a sport in which most competitors aren’t even in their 20s, but the more amazing thing about Oksana, in our opinion, is that she has competed for three different countries over five Olympic games. In 1992 Oksana was a member of the Unified Team, made up of athletes from the former Soviet Union; in 1996, 2000, and 2004, she competed for Uzbekistan; after moving to Germany so her son could get treated for leukemia, Oksana became a citizen of Germany and represents them in this Olympics. [LA Times]

Julia Child
We knew the woman could cook, but we had no clue she was a spy. Documents released last that revealed Julia was a member of the OSS, an early version of the CIA. [AP]

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi were married on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The two had been dating since 2004, and ever since May, when the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, Ellen had been talking about how they were going to get married. They looked totally hot in Zac Posen. [People.com]

Dottie Collins
Last Tuesday, Dottie Collins passed away at age 84. Dottie was a star pitcher in women’s professional baseball in the 1940s and was instrumental in gathering memorabilia from the league for the Baseball Hall of Fame. [NYT]

Tamara Urushadze
While Tamara Urushadze’s actions might not be smart, they were definitely badass. Tamara, a TV reporter covering the conflict in Georgia, was shot by a sniper as she was reporting the news…and she just kept on going. [Times, U.K.]

Yang Peiyi
The seven year old from China was supposed to sing in the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony, but officials decided she wasn’t cute enough and replaced her with an older child with straighter teeth. We think Yang Peiyi is awfully cute and think she has a lot to be proud of, even if her country does not. [BBC]

Helen Thomas
At 88, reporter Helen Thomas has covered every president since JFK as a member of the Washington Press Corps. Helen was the first woman officer of the National Press Club and the first woman member and president of the White House Correspondents Association. A documentary about this amazing journalist, “Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House“, airs tonight on HBO at 8 p.m. [Chicago Tribune]

Irene Clayton
Olympians Dara Torres and Oksana Chusovitina might be keeping their bodies active as they get older, but Irene Clayton, 84, has been making sure her mind is in tip-top shape. For the entire summer, Irene trained for the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee, and this weekend she was named co-winner. It was her first time participating in an oral spelling bee, proving that it’s never too late to compete. [News Tribune]