Recently I asked my daughter what historical figure she admired most and she her first answer was Amelia Earhart — the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (although to be fair, she was flying without kids, which is a different sport altogether).
When I was a kid, I had heroes: girls and women that I admired and looked up to and read everything that I could about. And it was interesting for me to realize when my own daughter was younger that these are the girls and women who are admired to this very day. Because they did amazing things.
Click through to see the girls and women I admired when I was a kid and still (for the most part!) look up to. Please let me know if you have any to add!
Anne Frank 1 of 7I was about 12 years old, when I read the Diary of Anne Frank, and I haven't been the same since. To date, it's one of the most heartbreaking, poignant and inspiring books I've read and her much too short life made a huge impression on me.
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Helen Keller 2 of 7I was completely obsessed with Helen Keller and the obstacles that she overcame.
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Laura Ingalls Wilder 3 of 7Little House on the Prairie -- the books and the TV series was one of my girlhood highlights. I didn't know anyone my age who didn't want to be Laura Ingalls. Or at least her TV portrayer Mellssa Gilbert.
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Joan of Arc 4 of 7After the wholesomeness of Laura Ingalls, I was ready for the scandal of Joan of Arc. Brave? check! Hearing voices? check! Burned at the stake? check! (sorry for the spoiler alert!)
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Gloria Steinem 5 of 7Excuse me, but I came of age in the 1980s, so how exactly was I supposed to not admire the woman who fought for equality? And when Gloria said that "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" I was sold.
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Jacklyn Smith 6 of 7I was a feminist, but I still knew good TV when I saw it. And TV didn't come much better than Charlie's Angels. My friends and I debated for hours about who was the best angel. We desperately wanted it to be the brainy Sabrina, but down deep inside we knew that Kelly was it.
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Michelle Obama 7 of 7There is no doubt in my mind that if I were a young girl today, Michelle Obama would be one of my heroines. And no, not just because she's a fashion icon. Because she's a strong woman, who speaks well and is passionate about children's health and nutrition. And a little bit because she looks so amazing doing it.
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