100 Women We Love: Class of 2009

Once again, we celebrate our favorite out and proud women. As difficult as it is to narrow it down to just 100, this year’s eclectic list includes artists, athletes, club promoters, community organizers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, politicians and plaintiffs, who are making a difference in our world and the world at large.

Tammy Baldwin

When elected to Congress in 1998, Tammy Baldwin became the first woman from Wisconsin and the first out lesbian to serve in the House of Representatives. A lifelong advocate for civil rights and LGBT equality, she helped lead the successful effort to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. Baldwin is a forceful advocate for inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation. With her colleague, Representative Barney Frank, she launched the first ever Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, which serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public. Baldwin has also re-introduced the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act that would grant equal benefits to the domestic partners of federal employees. Along with Frank and Representative Jared Polis, Baldwin recently sponsored a Congressional resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. -KD

Remember, these are in no particular order because we love them all!

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