Last Holy Thursday I met up with a great group of friends (and met some new ones! ) at Dooky Chase for some delicious fried chicken and the traditional Gumbo Z’Herbs. It was a great time and the powdered sugar on the beignet was meeting Ms Leah, something I’d always wanted to do. What a gracious lady she is and one of New Orleans irreplaceable treasures!
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.
Ruby Bridges Hall
Mary Len Costa
Phyllis Montana LeBlanc
Oh, and by the way N.O. Mag, “Most attractive New Orleanian”???
What is this, High School USA circa 1954? Sheesh…..