The writer of Pam's House Blend, which was folded into progressive website FireDogLake in 2011, has been on our list of Women of the Year before for her dogged advocacy for LGBT equality. But this being a pivotal election year, the North Carolina blogger once again showed why she is such an important voice. Spaulding was among the most reliable sources of news for what was happening in her home state's fight against a ballot measure that amended the constitution to ban same-sex marriage and other types of unions. It was a losing fight, but don't expect Spaulding to give up. She's been doing this since 2004.