Today, March 8, 2016, is International Women’s day. Women all over the world are making strides to aid the rights of women, but lately, I have noticed that the women that we idolize are not the women using their brain, and going on the front lines of battle. The people that our girls are idolizing are women such as the Kardashians. Now, I like the show that they have just as much as the next girl, but I don’t think Kim Kardashian is a good role model. Just the other day she put a post on her social media saying, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL.” As the caption and the picture was her nude with sensor bars over two spots of her body. This post screams out to me that she wants people to find her worth in her body, instead of her brain or abilities, and this is the absolute wrong message. To be a successful woman you do not have to sell yourself to the media, you don’t have to compromise your beliefs and values. So in honor of International Women’s Day, I decided to share with you some women that I think are great examples of the right way to be successful women, and women that are worth admiring.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
“Argentina’s first elected female President, Fernandez de Kirchner presides over the government of the second-largest country in South America, and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. President Kirchner serves as an example to women everywhere that they have the ability to lead a nation through hard times and political turmoil, as well as through economic growth and sensitive diplomatic relations.”
“A star of stage and screen, Angelina Jolie is perhaps most influential in her role as a UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, advocating on behalf of refugees around the world. Angelina is an example of using the influence one has gained through Hollywood to draw attention to the needs of those in less-fortunate circumstances. While others may talk about world issues, Angelina puts rubber to the road. Not only does she directly impact the communities in which she works, but she inspires others to get actively involved as well.”
“When it comes to news and special reports, no other woman is better recognized than Barbara Walters, a fixture on American television doing work on The View, Today, 20/20, ABC Evening News, and more recently ABC World News Tonight. Barbara was the first woman to be named co-anchor of a network evening news program, paving the way for future female journalists. Currently, Barbara Walters co-hosts the all-women panel of The View, which she describes as a place for women of “different generations, backgrounds, and views.” The show has enjoyed enormous success, albeit with a dose of controversy, and provides a forum for women to discuss the world from their point of view.”
“Taking inspiration from real events in her own life, including her school days, the death of her mother, and struggles in her personal and professional life, JK Rowling was inspired to write the story of Harry Potter, a young boy growing up under difficult circumstances who suddenly finds himself being invited to attend a magical school. The succeeding books (7 total) have become some of the most beloved and successful (and controversial) in the world –- she is the first person in the world to become a billionaire (in US dollars) just from authoring books. Since becoming so wealthy, Rowling has donated funds to several different charities, especially in the areas of poverty and multiple sclerosis (the disease from which her mother died). Her contributions, as well as her volunteer work, have been an example to millions of young readers.”
“The sister of a breast cancer victim, Nancy Brinker founded and organized “Race for the Cure” and the Susan G. Komen Foundation (named for her sister), and rallied more than 1,000,000 supporters from around the world. Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased significantly as a result of her work. In 2007, she was appointed Chief of Protocol of the United States, a role in which she advises, assists, and supports the administration of the US on official matters of diplomatic procedure. She herself is a breast cancer survivor, and continues to serve on the board of the Foundation she established”
These are just a few women of the many thousands that work to make a difference in our society every single day. Yes the Kardashians are great entertainment, and I’m sure they do very well for themselves, but in my opinion, these women are the real ones running the show!
Happy International Women’s Day!