In 2007, Gawker Media launched Jezebel.com; five years and over three million readers later, we figure it's time to celebrate. But rather than toot our own horn, we decided to honor 25 game-changing women who we think embody what we're all about: names you may know, names you should know, and names you'll be hearing much more about in the future. All are ladies who caught our attention, and we think they deserve yours. We rounded them up this week in New York where they were photographed by Nikola Tamindzic.
Today we're sharing their profiles and portraits; on Monday, you can check out the fancy Sears Portrait Studio-style group shots. In the meantime, click through and get to know 25 very inspiring ladies.
When 30-year-old then-Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke was denied the chance to testify before a Congressional committee on the role birth control plays in the lives of women on Catholic university campuses, she ignited a firestorm of controversy that incensed conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh so much that he devoted several days worth of his program to hurling sexist insults at her. But Fluke didn't fight fire with fire; instead, she responded with dignity, poise, and class, and has emerged as an important voice of reason in the political cacophony that has been the War on Women. -ER