The National Women’s Society voted this month to honor President Barack Obama as the 2014 Woman of the Year. This award, symbolized by a white and pink Phalaenopsis orchid, is the most prestigious and historic award granted by the National Women’s Society, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century and the women’s suffrage movement.
Spokeswoman Susanne Blau explains: “While a few of the delegates objected to this choice, claiming that it was not appropriate to give this historic award to someone who was not, really, a woman, most of us were filled with such great admiration for the remarkable achievements of our president that we enthusiastically supported this choice. In fact, we have not been so close to unanimous in our selection of an awardee since Susan B. Anthony in 1904.”
Delegate Muriel Garay adds: “Several of the delegates feel that this year’s choice is an important step towards a more inclusive understanding of what makes a woman.”
This choice has been vociferously criticized by the American Manliness League and the Republicans for Manly Stuff PAC. However, the Libertarian organization WCMWWW [Words Can Mean Whatever We Want] praised this choice: “This decision shows the noble spirit of liberty and follows in the footsteps of Lewis Carrol’s Humpty Dumpty.” says George Holst.