The List: Definitive ranking of Janes
Inspired by our Community feature on the Hear Jane Roar project, we offer this incontrovertible ranking of the top 15 Janes.
15. Jane Austen
A British novelist and social critic who wrote many books that I was obligated to hate in high school.
14. G.I. Jane
Demi Moore played a fictional woman who becomes the first to go through the heretofore male-only advanced special training in the U.S. Navy. It kinda marked the end of Moore's run as a film superstar.
13. Jayne Mansfield
Hollywood starlet. Publicity stunts. Wardrobe malfunctions. Automobile accident. Mariska Hargitay.
A recurring character in the songs of East Coast rap duo EPMD. Haircut like Anita Baker.
11. Jane Krakowski
Who didn't love her “30 Rock” character? I know she did.
10. Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman Martha Jane Cannary was a real person whose legacy might be as much tall tale as those she spun as a storyteller in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the late 1800s.
9. “Mary Jane”
Rick James' breakout hit professed his love for a girl named Mary Jane that may or may not have been a metaphor for weed. (Hint: It was.) Sampled for the aforementioned EPMD tracks.
8. Jane Jetson
The theme song reduces her to merely George's wife, but really, who else could stop this crazy thing?
7. Jayne Kennedy
A decidedly imperfect career but full of highlights, many of which paved the way for black women in the entertainment industry (including a stint as a studio analyst for CBS'NFL Today show).
6. Jane Goodall
This primatologist and anthropologist is the world's foremost researcher on apes and chimpanzees, as well as an environmental activist.
5. Jane Curtin
“Jane, you ignorant slut.”
4. Jane Addams
This kickass woman was among the leading social reformers of the early 20th century, championing the needs of children, local public health, women's suffrage and world peace.
3. Jane Porter
Few Janes are as ingrained in popular culture as Jane Porter, the leading female protagonist in Edgar Rice Burroughs' “Tarzan” series.
I know children don't learn to read with the help of “Dick and Jane” readers anymore, but the female character created by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp was the ultimate every-girl.
1. The Dick and Jane Project
This Columbus organization partners middle school students with professional musicians in one of the coolest songwriting projects you're gonna find.