Happy International Women’s Day!! What better way to celebrate it than admiring some modern day female role models who have inspired a generation, or more, and show us that being a woman can be awesome.
I thought I’d start with arguably the most important one from my list. I’m sure we all know her story: she was shot by the Taliban for going to school, and advocating the right for girls to go to school, and since her recovery has given beautiful and inspirational speeches of why girls deserve education too, and her attitude towards the group that nearly took her life is admirable. She does not hate them, she only wants their children to be free from them. Not to mention winning the Nobel Peace Prize at 18, and she is also extremely intelligent. Truly a modern day hero.
I love this woman because she is never afraid to speak her mind – so often her writings and her interviews are about masturbation, vaginas, and why women’s fashion is not designed for the average female body. She is a feminist for the modern age: not afraid to be herself, and encouraging of all females everywhere to not just be comfortable in their own skin, but to worship their own selves and recognise their own awesomeness. And when we live in a age where it is too easy to judge, and compare ourselves to other women and why aren’t we eating avocado on toast everyday, or living at the gym, it’s good to have a voice that tells us eating a huge amount of cheese is okay too.
The woman who made our childhoods also has an inspirational rags to riches story. Before she wrote Harry Potter she relied on benefits, and now she’s a multimillionaire (who I think lost billionaire status from donating so much to charity), she has given so much to society through her charity work. Not to mention she is an absolute queen of sass on twitter, it really is amazing. And of course, creating the hugely detailed and imaginative world of Harry Potter was no easy feat. I can forgive her for Pottermore sorting me into Slytherin (yes, really, I always thought I was a Hufflepuff).
I think this woman is amazing. Her work with UNICEF has been dedicated and amazing. Whilst many celebrities get involved with UNICEF and other NGOs, and do their bit to try and make the world a better place for everyone, Angelina Jolie has dedicated a lot more of her time than others. It is clear it is something she is really passionate about, and as a firm believer everyone should get involved with charities I can do nothing but admire her. Plus she has a crazy side too (e.g. her relationship with Billy Bob Thornton), which I also can’t help but admire.
True story: I once was told by someone who knew someone who was a Harry Potter extra that Emma Watson apparently acted like a Queen Bee on set, but the more I hear about her, the more I find it hard to believe. She is incredibly smart, and managed to balance working on one of the biggest movie franchises with achieving top grades. Her parents kept her very level headed, as she only had access to all of her earnings once reaching 21. And now she too has become involved with huge campaigns, most notably the UN’s He for She. Yep, definitely a great female role model when so many female celebrities her age are more obsessed with their social media image.
She sings like an angel but talks with a voice like she’s always telling a dirty joke: it’s hard not to like Adele and her obviously genuine, down to earth personality. Not only is she amazingly talented as a singer-songwriter, detailing the trials and tribulations of relationships that make us all blink away a few tears, but she is a level-headed business woman who knows exactly what she wants to achieve with her music, and as sales decline in the digital age she is still breaking world records with her sales.
Who are your female role models? Are you doing anything to celebrate today?