Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
About a year ago I read a blog post written by Zoe Sugg about a number of women whom she loved and was inspired by and so that idea combined with it being International Women’s Day today I thought it would be nice to talk about the women in my life who inspire me. 2017 was a big year for women and feminists. We saw the many women’s marches make headlines around the world and really kick-started a revolution of speaking up. Also this past year we witnessed the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with the help of many A-list celebs, bring to light the reality of sexual harassment and inequality women are facing within the workforce and the community. Below I’ve shared a few reasons why these particular women continue to make me think and feel empowered every day.
I mean do I really have to explain this one?! Growing up my Mum was a big fan of Oprah and always had her on the TV in the afternoons and occasionally I’d sit and watch with her. She was a pioneer of her time and has held the crown of talk-show TV for many years. It wasn’t until I got a little bit older that I truly learnt of the amazing efforts and triumphs this woman has orchestrated and succeeded at where it comes to women’s rights: the right to an education, the right to safety, to health and accessibility to clean drinking water and food – the list goes on. Oprah continues been a passionate advocate and informant for these social issues and has donated upwards of $400 million to educational causes.
I’m not the biggest political person but I do have a lot of respect for the Dixie Chicks and the way they stand up proudly for their beliefs and political views. Making such a bold statement and voicing your opinion can often be a scary and daunting thing, but more often than not it can open a whole new window of opportunity. It’s important to remember that not everyone will see eye-to-eye or value the same thing as you and that’s okay. What a boring world it would be if we all thought the same thing! I’ve always believed it to be better to speak your mind and I do so quite frequently, but also I try my best to do it with grace and dignity and listen to opposing opinions courteously. I really admire how resilient Martie, Emily and Natalie were after facing a long period of hardship for voicing their political views and also how they continued to be a strong force as mothers for their children.
Many of you may have heard of Bethenny from the hit reality show The Real Housewives of New York City and her many other business ventures such as Skinnygirl cocktails, but what you might not recognise her from is her incredible efforts aiding relief to the victims of last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Since Maria hit in September 2017, Bethenny has spent most of her time devoted to helping communities affected in lesser known regional areas, chartering planes back and fourth delivering food, water, medical supplies and cash gifts cards to those in need. She is so humble in her work which sometimes can be lost in her tough-girl exterior but if there’s one thing for sure Bethenny has a lot to give and is the ultimate business woman #goals. I have so for long admired her work ethic with the Skinnygirl franchise and what she’s blossomed it to be now as well as her attitude to life and raising her daughter as a single mother.
Catt Sadler is someone who I love and for the last several years have watched on my TV screen delivering the latest news in pop culture on the popular TV network E! It wasn’t until recently that Catt found out she was the subject of pay inequality and after fighting a tough battle for what she so rightly deserves – pay equality the same as her male co-anchor, she made the bold move to walk away from the network. What soon followed was a reaction of events that saw many people including celebrities such as Debra Messing and Eva Longoria show their support for Catt and started the ball rolling about speaking up on the subject of workplace inequality. I wish Catt all the best in her career in the future and look forward to seeing her on my screen again soon.
I love watching women killin’ it on screen reporting on important social issues and Cherry Healey’s documentaries are some of my favourites to watch and re-watch. I can vividly remember sitting down on evening with my family to watch Cherry’s Body Dilemmas and honestly having a real ahaa moment on the subject of self-love and acceptance. It was the scene where Cherry goes to stay the weekend on a farm property with a bunch of nudists and I have to say they looked like some of the most happy and content people I’ve ever seen! From then on I promised not to be so hard on myself, I was given this body and I’ve only got one life to live so vowed to cut myself some slack and practice living a positive and proactive life. Cherry’s debut book Letters To My Fanny is an absolute crack-up and one that I would definitely recommend to any woman who’s in need of a good laugh and reality check about the way she thinks of her body.
MY BEST FRIEND, AIMEE
A best friend is that one person in your life who you can lean on in times of need and someone who you can always call for a laugh or two. My best friend Aimee and I met at the start of high school and we’ve pretty much been inseparable ever since. Her star sign is Libra and I’m a Leo, both sun signs who are known to communicate well and balance each other out and we certainly are each other’s ying and yang. She is the one person who truly knows and understands me on a much deeper level than what most people do. I can be completely and 100% myself around her, flaws and all, and have never felt the need to be anything but. We’ve also spent some of the craziest nights together which make for some hilarious memories and inside jokes and can still spend countless hours laughing until we’re in stiches. I know I can trust her for an honest opinion on anything and she is my greatest pick-me-up after an shitty breakup. Just like what Cristina is to Meredith, Aimee is ‘my person’.
I’ve saved the best for last. The most special and leading lady in my life, my beautiful Mum. The one I’ve learnt the most from in life, everything from how to be confident in my own skin and unapologetic to running a business like a boss and even how to cook a mean roast dinner. She is the one I owe it all to and words don’t even come close to how much I love, adore and admire her. Mum has always made sure to spend quality time with my sister and I and would often let us skip a day of school to go shopping and have lunch together – okay so maybe it was like once or twice a year but you get the jist. When I started writing this post my Mum was without a doubt the first person who I wanted to talk about and I can only hope to be half the woman she is someday – *cue the tears*