Empowering Women Part 2: The Progressive Women Who Inspire Us


 


Empowering Women Part 2: The progressive women who inspire us to take on the future.

I was raised to believe we must all take steps toward an empowered life, including reaching further heights than our mothers and creating a launch-pad for our daughters. That work comes with a price and a ton of effing work. I have my days of thinking in a “lost cause” mentality, but looking back at the fierce warriors of the past helps me remember that overcoming minor technical errors on my smartphone ain’t nothing compared to what our past sisters endured.

 

Women who inspired us

In order to move forward, we must consider what women achieved in the past to overcome dreadful circumstances in order to better remedy our situation for the future. The last article showed us where we are now, which is a mighty force of ladies with plenty of reason to kick a little tail in the upcoming years. Here we analyze the greats of the last couple centuries to channel our inner spirit and understand what makes us so freaking awesome. If we are unhappy with where we are at now, imagine the unrest of the ladies of the 1800’s, kicking it in rib-busting corsets with 10 layers of dress in the hot-hot heat of summer. With 100 pounds of clothing they still showed up fierce, so how can we disappoint them by not doing the same?

 

 

Women who inspired us

Ancient ladies of wonder. In the days of yore or essentially so long ago that we can clump it into “ancient” we earned our beauty, power and patience. Ladies like Cleopatra, Monarch Hatshepsut and Aphrodite taught us that our gorgeousness, paired with our brains, can be the best weapons we have. We also realized cat eyes, wing tips and the smoldering eye were nearly as important as the invention of the wheel. Thanks for that, ladies. These ladies were told they ranked low on the totem pole as women but led countries and mystical journeys by creating their own dang totems (and outliving their male counterparts).

 

Great women role models

The 1800’s brought us our fighting will, loyalty and compassion. Women like Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Beecher Stowe preached equality and led others through the abolition of slavery and the introduction to women’s rights. They risked their lives to help others simply live. Imagine a time when judgment against you could mean your death- not just some snarky looks from others when they realize your Louis purse is a knock-off. Thanks to Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician, other women felt empowered to work in medicine- a novel concept at the time. She made the decision to empower others to reach high heights like she did- is that like you? Are you helping other women reach new heights or bringing your sisters down with sarcasm?

 

Great women role models

The 1900’s brought out our moxy, political prowess and competitive spirit. Gumption-filled Annie Oakley and Amelia Earhart showed up on the radar of the world, accomplishing dangerous things with guns and planes that others only dreamt of.  They surpassed the “can do” spirit and made it closer to, “move over, I am about to do something only I can do.”

 

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Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist sided with the poor and marginalized, putting herself at risk each and every day. To her credit, she also took part in a 72 day race round the world in 1889. I get winded walking uphill sometimes.

 

Great women role models

Eleanor Roosevelt, famous for her line, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” worked for race equality and women’s rights alongside her hubster. If you want tear-fest 2014, just Google her quotes and read them aloud to your friends. You will want to hug your sisters, cry your eyes out and take on your biggest fears. Something to learn from her- pick a partner who supports your agenda, ladies. You will achieve more if your efforts are exponentialized by a side-kick, be he male or a female supporter.

Great women role models

The list of lady warriors and queens could go on for days, thankfully. While I never want my articles to read like a book report, I will tell you the research made me proud of my heritage and pumped to carry on the legacy. I realized I was just plain not doing enough to create the world I wanted to see. It is empowering to ask yourself, “Is this the world you want for your daughters?” If it is not, make it so. Changes only happen when we take action. To quote the lovely Eleanor Roosevelt once again, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face and do the thing you think you cannot do.” Rock on, Lady E, you could not be more right!

Stay tuned for part 3: Where we are headed! A call to action and road map for the brave!

 

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