Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sugar, Spice & Everything Totally Rad

Do you have an unexplainable love for fuzzy socks, candles, and all things Disney?! Odds are, you're a woman and this post is for you, ladies! Prepare yourselves for a post all about GIRL POWER and the importance of girls and women having STRONG FEMALE role models. First let's start off with two VERY important definitions just for funsies:

Girl Power (noun): an assertiveness and self-confidence shown by girls and young women.

Feminism (noun): the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

I did a lot of research in preparation for this post. I read a ton of super awesome articles and blog posts that made me want to go out and shout "I'M A WOMAN AND I'M PROUD" from the rooftops. Sadly, I don't have access to any rooftops, so I was forced to shout it in my room while watching Criminal Minds with my cat. Close enough. My main purpose in writing this post is to stress the importance of each and every woman to have AT LEAST one strong female role model (yes, even adults can have role models). I know we all and role models as children, mine were Raven Symone, Hilary Duff, and the Hex Girls from Scooby-Doo (they were so cool), but it is so so SO important that we continue to have role models as we grow and enter different stages of our lives. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology explains that women perform exponentially better when exposed to successful female leaders. There you have it, how much more persuasion could you need?

Finding the perfect female role model is easy peasy because strong women are all over the place- it could be your mom, a teacher, an aunt or grandma, a celebrity, an author, CEO, politician, etc. Your role model could be ANYBODY, what's important is that you find AT LEAST one woman to inspire and motivate you to be the best you can be. Here is a list of some of my role models (in no particular order):

Emma Watson
Amy Poehler
Coco Chanel
Condoleezza Rice
Anna Wintour
Zooey Deschanel
Iris Apfel
Julie Andrews
Donna Karan
Mindy Kaling
Ellen Degeneres
J.K. Rowling
Leandra Medine
Maya Angelou
Tina Fey
Oprah (obviously)
Lorelai, Rory & Emily Gilmore

Now it's time to channel your inner Leslie Knope, and start making a list of your lady role models! (bonus points if you frame pictures of them for your home/office)

Girl power & stuff

xo. Brooke

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