I gladly admit I am a feminist. That's why I appreciate entertainment featuring a strong female lead like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Frost Chronicles. However, I'm not the kind of feminist who is anti-male. Men are awesome (especially my husband). Women need men as much as men need women, and I fully believe in equality among the sexes. That's why I'm anxiously waiting for the day when my country has its first female president (I just hope it's not within the next year). It's also why I appreciate International Women's Day (which is today, for those who didn't know).
In honor of International Women's Day, I want to acknowledge the women (young and old, living and deceased) who have influenced me.
From the Past (Women I've Never Met):
Helen Keller: Although she was blind and deaf, she still managed to accomplish more in one lifetime than most people would in ten. If she can change the world despite her limitations, what is my excuse?
Eleanor Roosevelt: Her quote, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent," has become my mantra.
Mother Teresa: She is renown for her selfless kindness. I strive to be at least a smidgen as kind as she.
From the Present:
My Mother: Without her, there would be no me. She is my inspiration.
Virginia Cato: She encouraged me to be the best cashier I could be, and taught me how to rock the literal windblown, sexy look.
Carol Ebersole: I would not have survived my first year as a teacher without her.
Angie Bost: She overcame many physical and personal obstacles, and taught special needs children every day with a huge smile on her face while doing so. If I'm ever faced with cancer, I hope I confront it with half her bravery.
Markie Madden: She's another cancer survivor and amazing author/publisher. The way she creates story after story is simply amazing.
Looking to the Future:
Abigail, Alexis, Caitlin, and Hannah (my morning helpers at school): These young ladies never cease to amaze me with their talents and their compassion for others. If they continue on their current path, I can rest assured that the future for women is in capable hands.
What about you? What remarkable women inspire you? Give a shout-out to them in the comments!