Rachel Maddow was the first woman to be an openly gay anchor to host a primetime news show. There are few female primetime hosts, and before Maddow they were expected to conform to traditional roles. She was born April 1st, 1973 in Castro Valley, California. She came out as gay in the early 1990s, in a Stanford freshman class with no “out” students. She’s an inspirational gay woman because of her show, her book and her success.Rachel Maddow hosts an Emmy Award-winning show called “The Rachel Maddow Show”. On her show she voices her opinion about politics, including live debates with guests from every side of the issues. Her show was the most successful show in MSNBC history, boosting the network’s ratings in its time period and named the top show of 2008. She’s been called a “breakout star of 2008” by the Washington Post. She was named one of the “top ten political newcomers of 2008” by politico.com. Rachel Maddow wrote a book in 2012 called “DRIFT, The Unmooring of American Military Power”. The book went to #1 on The New York Times bestseller list in March 2012. Her book explored the assumption that America is drifting away from the country’s original ideas, and has become a nation strangely at peace with never-ending war. It received ratings of 4 and a half stars on Amazon, and 4 stars on goodreads.com. Ms Maddow has received numerous awards including three Emmy awards, one for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis, another for Outstanding Live Interview and the other for News and Documentary awards. She was nominated for the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award from the Interfaith Alliance. She was nominated for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards in 2013 and 2016, which you get by showing the best representation of being gay or lesbian. Rachel Maddow is an inspirational woman because she was the first openly gay anchor to host a primetime television show. She came out as gay in the early 1990s in a Stanford freshman class, which was a bold move at the time. She hosts a Emmy award winning show Monday-Sunday with 389,000 average viewers. She wrote a book in 2012 titled “DRIFT, The Unmooring of American Military Power”. The bestselling book she wrote was #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2012. Ms. Maddow has received numerous awards including an Emmy award for her MSNBC show, “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Rachel Maddow is a huge role model for people regardless of gender, race or orientation.