A blogpost for all the ladies out there! March 8th, is International Women’s Day: today we celebrate how frickin great women are. Today is about looking back at what women have achieved, and most importantly what we will continue to achieve… Watch out boys, here come the girls.
In honour of this day which is dedicated to the leading ladies of the world who have and continue to make a difference, I want to celebrate the females in my life that inspire me! Whether that’s through their work towards gender equality, their advice on long-term goals, attitude towards women or just motivating me to do well in my day-to-day life.
I tried to cover a range of different areas from personal figures, singers, actresses, UN ambassadors etc.
Of course I could make this list so much longer with the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams, Coco Chanel, Michelle Obama, JK Rowling etc etc but you’d need a lot of coffee to get through it all.
So I narrowed it down to 5!
1. My Mum
Mamma Bear. Damn, if only I could articulate with actual words how much this woman has inspired me. She was my best friend who taught me everything from being independent, strong, to always be happy, to walk in heels and more. I could not be more grateful to her.
She passed away when I was 15 in 2014, but knowing what she would say to me, I’ve kept going and hopefully I embody all the sass and fun she was! I love you Mum!
Queen B is on the list because I just love everything she does. Her music can literally make my mood go from a -3 to 1000+, bit of Halo and I’m singing away without a care in the world. Other music icons I love would be Lady Gaga, for embracing the ‘stand out of the crowd’ attitude. Also, the Spice Girls who were all about girl power and female friendship.
But in terms of Beyonce: to me she just expresses hardworking, sass, talent, style and just being an all round female boss. Who runs the world?
3. Miranda Priestly
Now I know she’s a fictional character, but every time I watch the Devil Wears Prada I just envision what it would be like to be her. Okay just picture: a woman who has worked so hard to get to a position where she finds herself with a vast fashion empire at her command. Tell me that’s not inspiring to female business women and entrepreneurs?! Her character radiates class and sophistication, round of applause to Meryl Streep (another inspiring woman). And let’s not forget this whopper of a statement made about her:
Okay she’s tough, but if Miranda were a man, no one would notice anything about her except how great she is at her job!
4. Audrey Hepburn
What is not to adore about Audrey Hepburn? She is a flawlessly talented actress and dancer who is adored for many roles across the Golden Age of Hollywood, a personal favourite being Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (If you haven’t watched, you need to!) When I was younger I used to dream of re-enacting the classic browsing Tiffany’s window with a croissant in hand scene.
Much like Coco Chanel, Hepburn was always someone I looked up to as being such an elegant and classy icon. Plus she embodies that sense of happiness and enjoying life which I can 100% get on board with! Following her time of Hollywood glamour she dedicated her life to raising awareness, visiting and helping children in the poorest nations in the world as a UNICEF ambassador. What didn’t this woman do?
5. Emma Watson
Harry Potter fans will be happy with this one. Not only is she part of the magical empire of HP, I chose Emma Watson for her work towards gender equality as a UN Ambassador. She discusses issues such as women not wanting to look too muscly, not wanting to feel strong…and also touches on the flip side for what it’s like to be a man who feels he can’t show vulnerability or emotions. She aims are for gender equality, is proud to be a feminist and if you haven’t already I would definitely recommend reading/watching her United Nations speech! (I will link it below…)
Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014
And that makes five! Five of the many inspirational women that are celebrated today! I know my five won’t be the same as everybody else’s but we all have different values, experiences and people we look to for support.
I think it’s also important that while we hype up the love for all the girlies, we remember the women who challenged and faced so much in order to give us the lives we have today. Inspiring us to create more change everyday…
Which leading ladies do you look to for inspiration?