5 Times Rachel Maddow Ruled Our World

Rachel Maddow hosts her own show (MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”), is an avid fisherwoman, and is the first openly gay anchor to host a major prime-time news program in the U.S. She’s an unabashed groundbreaker, and these five moments make us appreciate her even more.

1. She became the first openly gay American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, which gave her the opportunity to study philosophy at Oxford University. Her thesis was titled, “HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons.”

2. When the dedication in her book, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” was also a plea to Dick Cheney. The woman never stops working! 


3. Her thoughts on RBG: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an iron woman…She could beat you up.” It’s true. RBG works out.


4. She forces viewers to focus on what she’s saying, not what she’s wearing. “It’s why I have a conveyor belt of gray blazers, she told Katie Couric. “I try to look exactly the same every day. Don’t focus on what I’m wearing. Focus on what’s coming out of my face.”

5. She sees the positive side of insecurity. She told David Letterman, “I was very alienated the whole time [at Stanford]. I never felt like I fit in, but I’ve decided that’s like my superpower. I never ever fit in. And that forces me to struggle out of insecurity in a way that sometimes results in success.” 

Happy Rachel