Since I've just been discussing one of my all-time favorite women in the Israel/Lebanon thread I thought I'd attempt to open a discussion of women and politics generally. I admire women of courage who will risk all to stand behind their beliefs and convicitons. Natalie Maines of "The Dixie Chicks" brooked monstrous flack for her statements at a concert in London. She's stuck by them too. But Vanessa Redgrave with her staunch humanitarian stand throughout her career has inspired me more than most any other woman who comes immediately to mind. This is a bi-partisan thread so please freely state who of the females in the public eye, serves for you as a benchmark of principle and righteousness.