On Saturday I lamented to a friend about my disdain for woman on woman bashing. Lord knows that I have been guilty of it a time or two (or four hundred) but that doesn’t make it any easier to bear. On Sunday, just 24 hours after sending an ‘UGH!’ text message I, along with 19 million other people, got to watch actress Jessica Chastain give props to director Kathryn Bigelow not only for her talent but for not taking enough credit for being a source of inspiration for so many women in Hollywood. I got to watch Lena Dunham accept awards for her sometimes groundbreaking, other times eye roll inducing writing that has managed to captivate audiences. I got to watch Twitter light up with praise for the Poehler/Fey duo of comedic genius. It was all so refreshing. Refreshing and needed.
It’s a sad reality is that it’s 2013 and we’re still debating the definition of rape and telling women that sexual assault is their fault because they chose to wear a short skirt. Women and men are not paid the same and though women are over 51 percent of the population we pat ourselves on the back for having 20 women in the United States Senate. Women continue to be defined by whether or not they have children instead of on the content of their work and if we do have children then we still aren’t presented with adequate maternity leave. Yes, this is a gentle reminder of where women in the US are while we proclaim that America isn’t ‘dead beat’ and the greatest nation on earth, we are still woefully behind. And it’s pathetic.
I try to take a giant step back and from how far behind women remain and how critical we (women) can be of each other. I make attempts to fall into a hopeful mindset that women will advance, do better, and will be kinder to themselves and to one another. There’s also the knowledge that there have been and will continue to be powerful women across this country and in this world. That is what keeps me going.
Here are just a few of my favorite women. Women who inspire me and others to do more, try more, and seek more.
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