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Do you remember a time in your life when someone thought you couldn’t do something simply because you were a girl?
The tree the neighborhood boys thought you couldn’t climb? The battle to be heard in your college lecture hall full of loud, opinionated boys? The promotion your boss gave to someone less worthy who “didn’t have to run home to children”? Whatever the circumstance, women in our society — even with our ability to vote, our equal education, and our equal opportunities — have still had to struggle to be seen and heard in one way or another. Personally, I think if women competed against each other less, vied for male approval less, and supported rather than judged each other, we would all have a more equal footing in our often male-dominated world.
To raise awareness of this very issue, last year the United Nations declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl. The goal of this initiative is to give people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from.
To celebrate this day as women and to empower our daughters, our sisters, our friends — I scoured the world of pop culture to find the greatest women we could all learn a thing or two from. I looked for women that have inspired me, enthralled me, made me proud to be a girl, and ultimately, made me want to be more like them.
There is no room for shrinking violets, mean girls, or vacuous airheads here. The women I chose are survivors who go against the grain. Ladies who believe in themselves and what they stand for. These women, above all, are united by the one word that defines them. The are quite simply — brave. Click through for the 12 bravest women in pop culture to inspire you.
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