This is the legend on a T-shirt I bought in Fairbanks on the Summer Solstice in 2002.
Picture Credit: Looking across towards Mendenhall from the Univ. of Alaska, Juneau; E. Levin, June 2002
It appears that this legend might change a bit in the next few months. Not only do women win the Iditerad, but they also run for VP of the United States!
Yesterday, John McCain, the Republican candidate for President of the United States announced that he has chosen Sarah Palin--Govenor of Alaska, fisherwoman, businesswoman, hunter and snowmobiler--to be his running mate in the November election.
This woman--yes, the one holding the salmon--could be the Vice-President of the United States!
Picture Credit: Alaska Seafood
This move by McCain says a few things about him. He is truly a maverick, and he doesn't seem to give a hoot what the press or the elite think about his candidacy. He picked the person he thought was best for the job of being on his team, should he win.
Of the two major party candidates, it also looks like it is McCain that is having the most fun. I mean, consider that he spent his birthday keeping the press buffoons guessing to the point where ABC was actually giving out the false information that Palin was not his pick. He kept Obama completely out of the paper yesterday.
Palin is an interesting person, herself, herself.
And she was Miss Congeniality and first runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest when she was a young woman. Alaskans call her "the hottest governor of the coldest state."
As the Chem Geek Princess put it: She proves that you can have beauty, brains and guts.
From now until November, this is going to be an interesting ride!
Picture Credit: Alaska Magazine
Alaska! Where men are real men, women win the Iditarod, and run for Vice President.