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Although I hate the term ‘female heroes’ every bit as much as ‘female actors’ I like the idea of listing ten ‘awesome’ women so much that I’m including my own top ten. I would be very interested to read the top tens of other Ballet Alerters.

Here’s the original article:


And here’s my list

Jane Austen

Lilian Baylis


Marlene Dietrich

Margot Fonteyn

Emma Kirkby

Emmeline Pankhurst

Edith Piaf

Misia Sert

Mulala Yousafzai

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Mother Teresa

Kathryn Bigelow

Victoria Soto (Teacher who died protecting her students in the Newtown massacre)

Malala Yousufzai - 13 year old Pakistani activist who was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out in favor of educating girls

Edit to add: Sonia Sotomayor

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Thank you for starting the topic, Mashinka. Freeman seems to have a predilection for showbiz, not to mention Golden Girls. "Ten Awesome Women"? Did Bill and Ted think that up? (Seems like an odd business, anyway - would anyone publish a list of "Ten Awesome Men"?)

Eleanor Roosevelt, natch.

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