Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve been thinking a lot this week about female role models. I shared some of my favourite women in literature the other day and it made me realise how few ‘real’ heroines there are. The theme for this year is ‘inspiring change’ and I thought I’d share some of the ‘real’ women who have inspired me to change my life.
This woman is fascinating! Only know her films? Pick up a biography sometime and find out about her life during the war, her dreams of being a dancer, her marriages, her children and her humanitarian work. She wasn’t just a fashion icon and Oscar-winning actress. She was a truly incredible woman.
I love this girl! Not only is she hilarious and incredibly talented but she has co-created an awesome online community where young women can share their hopes and fears, craft projects, pop culture reviews and loads more!
Until she picked up the Oscar for Blue Jasmine, I hadn’t really paid much attention to Cate Blanchett. I mean, she had been in a few films I liked but she wasn’t exactly in my top ten. Then during her red carpet appearances and during her acceptance speech she went on about how Blue Jasmine, August Osage County and Gravity have proved that people will pay to see great films lead by women. Yes, Cate!
I first came across Julie Burchill’s work during my A Level Media Studies course. She made me want to write more than just film reviews and more than just typical columns for women’s lifestyle mags. She inspired me to write more candidly – be more open and honest, no holds barred. I’m still working on that…
I love this chick so much! I tweeted a few months back that when I grow up I want to be her and I think I love her more with each Company column and every blog post. What she said about Beyonce’s latest album was spot on and I really appreciate the honesty in her writing.
Admit it, through her lyrics, she’s saying what we’re all thinking. She’s feisty, quick-witted, sharp-tongued and outspoken and that’s why we love her. Have you seen/heard Hard Out Here? It’s bloody brilliant!
It’s impossible not to be inspired by this Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot because of her belief in her right to a proper education. You’d think that because women in the UK have been able to vote for nearly 100 years and because the Equal Pay Act is over 40 years old that it’s never been a better time to be a woman. But not everyone is so lucky.
This is a woman who found out that she had breast cancer and still continued to put everyone else in her life before herself, providing continuous support for her son when he had to move back home because of crippling back problems, caring her for her elderly in-laws, volunteering at the local hospital and she did it all with a smile on her face. And since getting the all clear, she has increased her efforts, taking on more voluntary responsibilities, caring for people with dementia during their time in hospital.
Hopefully one day I’ll get round to finishing my screenplay and I’ll be able to share her story with you. Suffice it to say, she was a young woman living in Cornwall during World War 2, lost the man she loved and cared for a man whose plane was shot down. She had quite the epic romance(s)!
Which women have inspired you the most? Leave a comment below.