New Orleans’ Most Admired Woman Is…..

Sandra Bullock.

Sandra Bullock?

This astounding bit of news comes to us via New Orleans Magazines’ piece entitled “Tops of the Town” in the recently released January 2011 issue. I have to tell you my mouth literally fell open as I whispered “WTF?!” Nothing against Ms. Bullock, mind you, but who voted for her and why did they choose her as the most admired woman in this city? Ok, I know she bought a house here (not her primary residence) a little over a year ago, adopted a child here, donated money to Warren Easton High School and that she participated in a television campaign for coastal restoration during the oil catastrophe in the Gulf but, excuse me, does that qualify her for this recognition? Are the readers of this magazine so ignorant about our local female achievers that they can’t think of any other women in this city that deserve our admiration? Seriously? We have great, accomplished women who’ve lived here for years, if not their entire lifetimes, who’ve given their time and tears for their communities. Women who live here full-time and have invested their lives and work in this city. Where’s the love for them?

I know there are plenty of local women busting their asses every day for their neighborhoods, their way of life and their city that most of us will never know about. To tell the world (well, you know what I mean) that a celebrity who lives here part-time is the most admired woman we have is a travesty,  in my opinion.

What do you think? Who are some of the women in this city you admire?

I sat down and in ten minutes came up with a list of notable New Orleans women off the top of my head who are excellent ambassadors for our city and I know that there are many, many more out there that should be on this list. And if you don’t know who these women are, click the links and get educated. In fact, click the links if you do know them and remind yourself what  some of the really great women of our city have accomplished.

Leah Chase
Sandy Rosenthal
Angela Hill
Ruby Bridges Hall
Mignon Faget
Mary Tran
Mary Len Costa
Nakita Shavers
Baty Landis
Mary Landrieu
LaToya Cantrell
Karen Gadbois
Susan Spicer
Phyllis Montana LeBlanc

Oh, and by the way N.O. Mag, “Most attractive New Orleanian”???
What is this, High School USA circa 1954? Sheesh…..

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4 thoughts on “New Orleans’ Most Admired Woman Is…..

  1. Don’t know if I’d even call Sen Landrieu a New Orleans woman anymore than Bullock these days…

    Anyway, the lovely Ms. Sandra has been a great patron of Warren Easton Senior High, so give her props for that. Given New Orleans’ mag’s readership lately is more from people across the lake and in #themetrys, it’s a choice that fits the demographic. Still, if I had to pick from the list above, I’d choose Chef Susan Spicer.

  2. IMO, the fact that Mary was born & raised here and is our senator qualifies her even if one might not agree with her politics.
    I linked to Ms Bullock’s good deeds because I do appreciate what she’s done for Nola but I just don’t think she’s at the top of the list for most admired for many New Orleanians. Your comments about N.O. Mag’s readership is probably right on the nose. I only recently renewed my years-long lapse in subscribing because the hubs likes the magazine for it’s historical pieces.

    Bayou, great choices! Angela Hill has been a favorite of mine forever. She does wonderful things for the animal-loving community and that’s a big plus with me.

  3. What in the world?! Hmmm…. I could see splitting this “award” into hometown woman/adopted hometown woman. But, seriously–with all residents of NOLA have been through in the last half-decade, it seems particularly clueless to honor a movie-star, no matter how lovely she is, inside and out.

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