Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will All The Real Women Please Stand Up

I am a feminist. I wear make-up, I shave my legs and I don’t burn my bras but I am still a feminist. I believe in the equality of men and woman and not the dominance of either sex. But the thing I believe in the most is the worth and beauty that every woman holds. 

 Our society teaches us that women are meant to be silent and elegant. Women were created simply to please man and be used by them and therefore should dress and act accordingly. Our society tells women that their only worth, is as objects. Society tells us that if a woman is sexy enough and has money, the she has fulfilled all her potential. Because of this, women don’t live to their full potential and are missing out on all that the world has to offer.

 With role models like Brittany Spears, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton and The Desperate Housewives, it’s no wonder why women aren’t running the white house or are rarely the founders of major organizations and companies. And the fact that women are almost never in the history books and still to this day, are given less publicity then men, doesn’t help in showing women all the potential and possibilities they have. But what about real women like Wanagri Maathai, who was the first woman in Kenya to receive a PhD and Nobel Peace Prize or Condoleezza Rice, J. K. Rowling, Hayley Williams, the lead singer of Paramore or Audrey Hepburn, who was not only an actress but one of the founders of UNICEF. 

Finding powerful and strong female role models is only the first step to fulfilling our full potential.  The next step is to realize how absolutely beautiful and wonderful you are, just as you are (the second part of that is crucial!) Every single inch of you is filled with beauty and power. Your worth, your strength and your potential is astronomical! Women were created to complete man. They fill in the places where men are weak and vice versa. Together we complete each other in the most perfect way. Women were not created to be walked on by man or to be servants for men. Women are a precious gift to be adored, appreciated and taken care of.  

If only all of you could see how wonderful and magnificent you really are. Your love and compassion can end wars and protect lives. Your motherly instincts are what repair the world and provide development in communities that are suffering. When a woman is educated she educates those around her. (Just think about how much we love to talk.) You are the answer the world has been looking for. 

Stand tall, strand strong, and encourage the women that surround you. Know that you obtain more worth and power than you’ve ever imagined and no one can take that away from you. I see the dreams that fill your hearts and know that they are possible as long as you continue to run after them. 

I am a feminist because I believe and see the greatness that is in each and every woman. I encourage women to tell me everything that is beautiful about themselves and to never feel bad for loving themselves. Society has told them to list their flaws, and that it’s conceded to love themselves. But I am hear to say, women of the world, stand up and embrace the beauty that is you!

Wangari Maathai was the first woman in Kenya to receive a PhD. She was also the first woman from Kenya to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in creating sustainable development by using the strengths of woman and their caring hearts to plant trees and better the environment that most of the Northern Hemisphere destroyed. 

Audrey Hepburn is probably most famous for her role in Breakfast At Tiffany's and her idyllic picture from the same movie. Although Audrey Hepburn was an amazing actress and recognized for her natural beauty the most beautiful part about her was her heart. Audrey Hepburn was a UN ambassador and helped start UNicef. One of my favorite quotes from her is 

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. 
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. 
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. 
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. 
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. 
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of each of your arms. 
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. 
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. 
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. 
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

Condoleeza Rice is the 66th United States Secretary of State. She was the first female African-American to hold this position and second ever woman. Needless to say she makes my role model's list

Hayley Williams is a punk queen who doesn't answer to anyone but God. Being the lead singer of Paramore and holding one of the strongest female voices Hayley gets my vote for girl power any day of the week. Her success is not only inspiring but comes from a true heart of gold, a love for God and an attitude that understands she fabulous just the way she is!

And of course one of the most famous authors around J. K. Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter series that still has everyone talking. She's a woman who will not soon be forgotten. 

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