The 10 Most Influential Women Of 2008: Rachel Maddow

The guys at unveiled their list of the “49 Most Influential Men of 2008″ and the results, voted on by their readers, may surprise you. Check out the full list and then, over the next two weeks, check out our picks for the “10 Most Influential Women of 2008″ — The Frisky picked a female counterpart for each of the men in AskMen’s Top Ten. We hope you agree with our choices! #2—Our Pick: Rachel Maddow
AskMen’s Pick: Steve Jobs

I recognize that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”, is totally unrelated to Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO of Apple, but I had to find a way to include her on this list and frankly I was sick of trying to make obvious parallels between our list and Ask Men’s. So Rachel, baby, you’re on our list.

The pundit, who is an out and proud lesbian and card-carrying geek, first caught my eye when she appeared as a guest on various other MSNBC shows. I remember thinking that she had such a warm and friendly air about her, but was also insanely knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues. It seemed like a pipe dream back then to imagine she could get her own show, but apparently I was hardly alone in thinking she was awesome.

Keith Olbermann, a fellow MSNBC anchor, agreed, and suggested her as the replacement for Dan Abrams, whose own show was going off the air. Though she has a background in activism, Maddow is a natural host, and, as I learned from this recent New York article, once even hosted a radio show with Chuck D. Since “The Rachel Maddow Show” started, MSNBC has seen some of it’s highest ratings and Maddow has become huge with female and male viewers, because of her passionate views and calm, open-minded demeanor. Apparently, she doesn’t own a TV and doesn’t ever watch other news shows because she doesn’t want to accidentally model herself off of other people’s schtick. Most of all, considering all of the topics covered on her show are things that interest her in particular, her success proves that Maddow’s take is truly influential.


  • #10: Sarah Palin
  • #9: Nastia Lukin
  • #8: Sarah Haskins
  • #7: Anne Hathaway
  • #6: Giada De Laurentiis
  • #5: Tina Fey
  • #4 Michelle Williams
  • #3 Dara Torres