5 Women Making History
Today marks the last day of Women’s History Month this year. The Internet has been saturated with a lot of beauteous femme power! Little facts here and there are expanding my women’s history knowledge. For example, many of us heard the name Ruby Bridges. Many of also knew she was the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the south. (Ohhhhh, the bravery!) I learned this month that she was also a lifelong activist fighting for racial equality. Moments like these prove to me that learning history is important. Activism is one of my (many) dreams. It’s not always easy finding the motivation to test the waters of such a complex field. When I see other women have succeeded living a goal of mine, it just fuels my fire even more!
Since I do not know as much women’s history as I aspire to, my women’s history homage blog post is geared more toward the women of today. Here’s some lovely ladies who are killing the game and making history:
Marsai Martin started her acting career early by playing an adorable twin on Black-ish, known for her wit. Her character evolves as she addresses serious topics like colorism and women toning down their success for men. One of Marsai’s latest accomplishments almost brought me to tears. She is the youngest executive producer of a Hollywood film! She pitched her film idea (Little, starring her of course) and it’s out in theaters next month in April! A lot of fourteen year olds barely finish their homework, and she is going above and beyond. Black Girls Rock!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because the youngest woman sworn into Congress at age 29 (just about five years older than me)!!!! Just before becoming a congresswoman, AOC bartended and waited on tables to support her family. I can definitely relate as I sit here writing in my own server uniform. Last month in February, she submitted her first piece of legislation. The Green New Deal would finance a plan to switch the world’s energy to all renewable energy and eventually get rid of fossil fuels. Climate change is scary, and I am glad she is fighting to take care of our sweet home, Earth. She admits when she makes mistakes (reminding us that she is human) and calls out scandal in politics. This is only the start of her, and I cannot wait to see what she helps implement.
Amber Rose has told social media that she never claimed to be a role model. Well honey, this mompreneur inspires me! Many people hate on her because of her past as a stripper, but she has taught me so much. She has brought awareness to the slut-shaming of women (and men) and marriage equality. Even with cosmetic procedures done, she encourages women to love their body with or without procedures! Every year, I wish to attend her fabulous SlutWalk which is focused on domestic violence, sexual injustice and gender equality. She illustrated how you turn lemons into lemonade!
Another Black-ish (and Grown-ish, I must add) star illuminating the television and film industry. I drool over the myriad of natural hairstyles that Yara Shahidi’s character, Zoey, wears; they set a new standard for hair that actually looks like mine. Although she slays the traditional wash’n’go curls, she gives us many other styles we see in our culture. Not only do we watch her battle real life issues on tv, she sets an example off screen as well! Not only did she get in the one and only, Harvard University, but she is also an activist! She fights for education for girls and diversity in hollywood. She started Yara’s Club, a mentorship program to find solutions for social problems. She is most certainly GOALS!
Where do I even start with Jada? From television, to movies, to heavy metal, and to Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett-Smith is more than just a trophy wife to the talented Will Smith. She absolutely slays every role, especially her her role as mother. I have always loved her kids were raised free-spiritedly, even if their parenting methods were not conventional. Her social media presence has really caught every eye. She has been enlightening us with inspirational wisdom. The platform she created with Red Table Talk provides a space for her, her mother, her daughter, and guests to dive into a serious healing process. Her work has touched my spirit, as I am sure it has done the same for others.
All of these queens help keep me motivated to be the feminist and social activist I aspire to be! The history and future of this universe are all connected. Although we should practice mindfulness, we should not fully detach from the past or future. Let’s use our role models to inspire us! Comment any role models you have!
Love and Light,