Don’t you think that now more than ever, we need strong, female role models to look up to? There are so many incredible women in history to look to as role models. From the Hepburns to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hatshepsut, it’s not hard to find stories of inspiring women dating back to the beginning of time.
But times have changed and we’re living in a new era where women are, maybe not always but more than ever, free to be themselves and to carve out a path that works best for them. I have this whole theory about how women are primed to really take over the world. That’s not to mean any offense to men, because I firmly believe that equality and power for women will only make things better for men. Like John Laurens said in Hamilton, “We’ll never be truly free until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me.”
So, I wanted to share six of the women who have been especially inspiring to me lately:
An attorney and California senator, Kamala Harris is a half-Indian, half-black daughter of immigrants who has truly taken the politics world by storm recently. It’s incredibly important to have the representation that Kamala provides in the highest ranks of government, especially when it’s coming from someone who isn’t afraid to speak out.
Audrey is the founder of The Wing, the chic women’s only clubs originally founded in New York that have now expanded to DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Toronto. She has a past in government, having worked for Hillary Clinton and Scott Stringer, but I find her work with The Wing to be so inspiring. There’s so much value not only in supporting women-founded and women-led companies, but also supporting spaces created with women in mind. For too long, women have been forced to maneuver their way in and through spaces that were designed to keep us out.
In my eyes, Amal is one of the most incredible women of our time and an incredible role model for women of all ages. She’s a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer who has represented high profile clients such as Julian Assange, the former prime minister of Ukraine, and Greece in an attempt to repatriate the Elgin Marbles. Most notably, in my eyes, is her work in court against ISIS, representing Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and ISIS survivor. I admire Amal because she is able to take on the world’s toughest cases while still fully presenting herself as a proud, feminine woman.
I both look up to Reese Witherspoon and her character Elle Woods for the duality they represent. As a fellow southern girl, I love how Reese promotes and represents southern heritage in its modern state. She supports progressive causes and pushes forward for women in her work with her production studio, but also brings attention to the traditions of the south, like philanthropy, community, and togetherness, that I love so much.
Glennon has been especially incredible this year for me. You may know her as the Christian mommy blogger who, after getting divorced from her husband, married womens’ soccer star Abby Wambach. Together, they’re an incredible couple doing work through their foundation Together Rising. I think it’s so important for white, Christian women to speak out against the current administration and the values that it holds. Glennon has been leading the charge and doing just that.
Similar to Glennon Doyle, Jen Hatmaker is a white, evangelical Christian from Texas who, in addition to hosting an incredible podcast that I highly recommend, has been vocally supporting senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. She’s another example of privileged women speaking out, despite the backlash they inevitably receive from their peers. She’s also a mom to five kids, two of whom are black. She’s such an advocate for love and acceptance and that’s why she inspires me so much.