When I saw ‘Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies’ all over Instagram a few months ago, I knew I had to read it. Usually, I find any kind of hype on Insta or Twitter a little offputting, but there was something different about this. I was drawn in, admittedly, partly by the very instagrammable cover, but mostly by the star-studded list of inspirational women who contributed. So this got me thinking: if I were Scarlett Curtis, who would I have asked to write a chapter? It’s worth mentioning that I set myself a couple of rules – they had to be someone who is in the public eye and they had to currently be alive. Having established this, there were 5 women who quickly came to mind.
I thought I’d start off with an obvious one since it’s not exactly a secret that I am a massive swiftie. Obviously, she is very famous, but I think she’s kind of underappreciated as a songwriter and lyricist – honestly, All Too Well is a lyrical masterpiece. I admire her work ethic, her confidence but also her generosity. And no one can ignore the time she successfully counter-sued that DJ for sexual assault to the cost of $1 (read more about that here). There’s no doubt that she’s a great role model.
Ellie is literally the instagrammer and blogger that I aspire to be – she has this amazing confidence and the best sense of style. Her insta feed is flawless plus she writes inspiring blog posts like this one on body confidence and this one about cutting down screen time (something I definitely need to do!). If you don’t already, you can follow her instagram here.
I am a proud ‘oldie but goldie’ on Louise’s channel for many, many reasons. I find it so inspiring that a woman who is so successful can still be so down-to-earth. I really admire the vulnerability that Louise shows on her channel, talking about issues such as body confidence and child abuse, and it makes me so proud to see how far she has come in the past few years. I’m so excited for her third book to come out later this year, she tackled some difficult themes in the last Robin Wilde book (you can read more about that here) and I can’t wait to see where she goes with this.
It’s been quite a few years since I first read Malala’s infamous autobiography ‘I am Malala’. She’s the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize, at 17 (the same age as me!) for standing up for women’s education in the Middle East. Honestly, if I’m ever half as brave as she is, I’ll be very happy.
Her great-great grandfather was born into slavery, but she graduated from Princeton and Havard, becoming a successful lawyer and fundraiser, before eventually becoming the first African-American First Lady. In 2015 she started the ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative to help educate the 62 million girls around the world who aren’t in education and throughout her time in the White House she used her status to speak out and empower women. My goal in life: be more like Michelle Obama.
Which inspirational women would you add to this list? There are so many important feminist icons in our world now and even if gender equality is still far from reality in our society, I feel these women are taking us ever closer to that goal, and I feel so blessed to live in this world at the same time as them. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow my blog so that you don’t miss next week’s Wednesday upload – I’m so close to 100 followers now and I’d love if we could reach that goal soon!
Lots of Love,