Living in a man’s world can be a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because our feminine ways can make a man putty in our hands; a curse since we are seen as the lesser sex. Through it all, we must learn to stay true to ourselves while creating our own path, and setting the stage for other women to follow in our footsteps.
Luckily, many women have already done so. Whether they’re historical figures, political masterminds, imaginary and animated, or celebrity powerhouses, they have become our she-ro’s. Our personal heroines are important to us because they remind us of who we are and the kind of women we want to become. So let us celebrate the women who not only empower us but also make us feel proud of everything it means to be a woman.
She was deemed the Virgin Queen due to her refusal to marry and be subjected by a husband. Imagine running your own country while being perpetually single! Independence at its finest.
Queen Bey taught us that it isn’t men who run the world, but girls. The singer also gave single women an anthem that I know I’ll still be dancing to even when married.
Ms. Taylor’s beauty seemed to be overshadowed by her love of marriage. She was married eight times with seven husbands. However, her life was not all about men. An advocate for charities, particularly those that help in the fight of HIV and AIDS, Taylor is a great example of what happens when passion meets strength.
In 2014, she gave an incredible speech about women’s rights to the UN. Emma gave us a clear view into feminism and why it has yet to be fully understood. The actress also showed how to combat the misrepresentation of the word “feminist,” by starting the HeForShe campaign.
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” That’s what this First Lady said, and this quote is probably my favorite of all time. As women, we should never allow anyone else to define us based on sexual stereotypes.
Author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, Ms. Valdez creates stories of everyday women who we can all identify with. Her characters remind us that women should always stick together as we go through similar personal struggles.
No one will ever mean more to a woman than her own mother. It’s a sometimes complicated relationship, but our moms teach us how to be upstanding and respectable women. They give us strength and unconditional support. No matter how old we are, Mom will always be our number one she-ro.