Now more than ever, I firmly believe that women need other women as role models to guide their lives. I think there’s nothing more empowering than other strong women to encourage and strengthen one another. Even more so than prior generations, do I believe that female Millenials are the ones who need these strong female role models. On any given day, we are bombarded by so many advertisements of the “perfect woman”, or broken down by a fellow female, that sometimes, finding strength in fellow females seems like an impossible task.
So, I have compiled this list of strong female role models for millenial women. While I do believe that a lot of the strong role models in your life are those women who are in your life on a daily basis (aka an advisor, friend, family member, co-workers, etc.), I also think that there are several women in the celebrity limelight who every Millenial woman should know, as they serve as great role models. So, here are 3 of my favorites:
Miranda Lambert is seriously my girl. Since the beginning of my country music-lovin days, have I admired this powerful female role model. There are two reasons that stick out to me on why she is an incredible female role model for Millenial women.
First, she demonstrates on the daily how important and valuable it is to be an independent woman in the 21st century. In many of her songs, does she discuss this. Never for one moment has she been the type of woman who needs a man — and I think that is a powerful statement for women my age. As the world is continually evolving, the average age of marriage is rising, and some women are completely skipping marriage all together. Still, in pop culture it is uncommon to see a solo, female heroine without a man. While Miranda is in a relationship, I think she still demonstrates the value of an independent woman.
Secondly, she is genuine. I appreciate anytime a celebrity is truly a genuine human being that we can all relate to. Several of her songs really hit close to home for me, as I can relate to many of her lyrics. When she first began her career in country music, she was not your average, stick-thin singer. I think she proved that you don’t have to be thin to be beautiful. Overtime, she got in shape. Still, I think she is pretty in a more unconventional way and really demonstrates to young women that there is no certain way you need to look in order to be considered “pretty”.
“If you don’t stand for something, how can anyone respect what you do?” -Miranda Lambert
Amy Schumer is a woman that every woman should look up to, really. She kicks ass and takes names. She is breaking down gender stereotypes and redefining what it means to be in the public eye.
Most recently, Amy made headlines when Glamour magazine featured her in their “Plus Sized” edition of the magazine. But here’s the kicker–she didn’t authorize them to do so. In fact, she had absolutely no idea that she was going to be featured. In classic Amy fashion, she fired back at the magazine, putting them in their place by saying, “Plus size is considered 16 in America. I fluctuate between a 6 and an 8”. She started a societal conversation that needed to be had. Why is that we are looking at normal sized women–sizes 6 and 8–and classifying them as plus size? The models that grace our magazines, advertisements and commercials are so unrealistic. I know very few women that are a size 0. For many, that is unhealthy.
My problem with society only featuring unrealistically thin women isn’t just because it aids women in their self-esteem struggles, but also because it damages the male view of beautiful as it pertains to females. Men are looking at these women as beautiful and expecting that the women in their lives look that way. I sincerely appreciate the fact that Amy Schumer is making a strong effort to change this.
All in all, she is an incredible female role model because she is teaching women of all ages to value themselves and to remain true to who they are. This is not something I see often, however, I think it needs to be said.
“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.” -Amy Schumer
Mindy is so passionate about confidence and I think this is what sets her apart from others. She frequently speaks to how difficult it has been to break into the entertainment world as a double minority — a non-white female. However, she has never for one second let that get her down.
She has risen to the status of a superstar, not only starring in “The Office”, but also writing and producing several of the episodes throughout the years. She is also has her own show now, “The Mindy Project”, which she is responsible for several aspects of it.
I think that it is so important to surround ourselves with women like her. There is absolutely no reason why every woman can’t be confident and proud of herself and her accomplishments. I truly appreciate the fact that Mindy is trying to change this stigma in our society today. If you ever need a little pick-me-up or some Girl Power inspiration, just Google “Mindy Kaling” quotes. Trust me, it will make you feel better. She also has written a few incredible books that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading.
The importance of self-confidence is something that frequently goes unnoticed and that is one of the aspects I admire about Mindy the most. To any woman who struggles with loving herself, I would highly recommend following this incredible woman and taking the things she says to heart.
“I have a personality defect where I sort of refuse to see myself as an underdog… it’s because of my parents. They raised me with the entitlement of a tall, blonde, white man.” -Mindy Kaling