I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to discuss some badass women. I mean, in my world, it’s pretty much always time to talk about some badass women, because I love them and want to be one. So I decided to make a list of my favorite women of all time that I think everyone should look up to.
1) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey is number one on my list always. My love for her started when I was just a kid, thanks to my grandma’s love of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. As I grew up, I learned more and more about Audrey and became even more obsessed with her grace in all situations, her inward and outward beauty, and her pure talent. This woman was a gift to the world. She devoted her life to being kind and helping others in her work as the UNICEF Ambassador.
2) Tina Fey
Okay, Tina Fey is amazing. In an industry ruled by men, she makes sure the men (and the rest of the world) know what a kick-ass comedienne she is. If you haven’t read Bossypants, do yourself a favor and read it. Fey talks about the struggles of being a woman in a world that emphasizes outward beauty. Also, she gives great advice that she learned while working on SNL, and honestly that has changed my life.
3) Malala Yousafzai
This young woman is everything we all should dream to be. She’s bright, courageous, and honest. If you don’t know her story, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: A gunman boarded her school bus, asked her name, and shot her three times in the head for speaking out about women’s education. Not only did she survive, she became an overnight celebrity with a worldwide platform for her cause.
4) Emma Watson
We all know how great Emma is. From starting off her career as headstrong Hermione Granger (aka my childhood hero) to an elegant woman who runs the UN HeForShe, Emma Watson has done her part to push for gender equality not only in the workplace, but also in social situations. She actually reminds me a lot of a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. She just exudes grace.
5) Jane Austen
I fell in love with Jane Austen when I first read Pride & Prejudice at 12 years old. Her writing is clever and beautiful and her thoughts on women were way ahead of her time (as she was born in 1775). Also, she gave us Mr. Darcy and for that I will forever be grateful.
6) Eleanor Roosevelt
This First Lady was honestly a hero. She had so many projects, I’m honestly overwhelmed just thinking about them all. Eleanor advocated for women’s roles in the workplace, civil rights for African Americans and Asian Americans, she fought for the rights of World War II refugees, and was one of the first delegates for the United Nations. Aren’t you exhausted just thinking about all that stuff she did? I mean, I’m inspired. But also exhausted.
7) Julie Andrews
YAS QUEEN. I just want Julie Andrews to be my grandmother. Or my mother. Or my BFF. Again, another woman who just exudes grace and poise. Whether she’s singing as Mary Poppins or ruling the world as Queen Clarisse Renaldi or writing children’s books with her daughter, this woman is another inspiration of mine. Also, with her new Netflix show Julie Greenroom coming out soon, she discusses the importance of arts, especially those involved in the theater world. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME. The arts don’t get enough credit. I’m pretty sure it’s meant for preschoolers, but I will be watching.
8) Meryl Streep
Bless her soul, Meryl is a hard worker. Not only is she one of the most talented actresses of our time (she’s known for being able to master any accent and has 17 Academy Award nominations!), she is insanely humble. She knows what projects to choose and which to throw out (she basically only chooses badass female roles, since I imagine that’s pretty natural for her). It’s really fascinating to me to see people who are aware of their influence on the world and do their best to be true to themselves but also be the best version of themselves. Meryl Streep does this.
9) Nora Ephron
She is who I want to be in my life. She’s been everything: journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director. As a woman in an industry that favors men, she has battled inequality and fought to represent women properly in movies and books that are witty and endearing. Also, she gave us one of my favorite movies of all time, When Harry Met Sally. If you haven’t watched it, stop reading and watch it. Now. It’s not on Netflix, sorry.
10) Michelle Obama
As a woman in a position of power and influence, the First Lady has really used her power for good. While her husband has been in office, she has worked on anti-obesity projects domestically and has pushed for education for women around the world. All while killing the style game and raising two daughters. I don’t want her or Obama to leave office. What will we do without seeing their fun and charm all the time?
And there you have it: my list of strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.