Feminist Role Models

feminist role modelLast month when Elle and I started trying to think of topics for this month’s link-up, I started to wonder what had gotten us both where we are: writing about feminism and other things we feel strongly about on a regular basis.  What inspired us to action on this point, and made us believe what we do?  I started to wonder about our role models, and those of all the other women who share with us in this link-up each month.

It was a difficult topic to write on, because there are so many women I look up to: Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, Hermione Granger (because fictional or not, she was awesome) and her real-life counterpart Emma Watson, Hillary Clinton… Each of these women has something I can’t help but look up to: an undying motivation, strength to do what so few women have, or an undying belief that we all deserve something.

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The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that my role models are the men and women who stand up for what they believe in, and nothing makes me think of that more than the women who first fought for our rights in this country and in so many others.  Without those women who started the battle for feminism, I don’t know where we’d be today, what we’d be fighting for.  They stood up when no one before them had, when there was no precedent to work off of or role models to look up to.  They fought for our most basic rights and without that, we wouldn’t be here today fighting for the end of more ingrained inequalities and injustices.

These women – the first-wave feminists and suffragettes in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s – are my role models because without them, I don’t know where we’d be right now or what we’d be fighting for.

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  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    This is so true! We have so many rights that we take for granted now due to those first-wave feminists and suffragettes – and in my high school history classes, this stuff was totally glossed over.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly!! I remember having one teacher who actually talked about the feminist movement and suffragettes. It was ridiculous that it took until 11th grade before we even talked about it!

  • http://www.chasingmyextraordinary.com/ Kenzie Smith

    I love this — I am also going to have to check out each of those links. You can never have too many inspirations ♥ Also, I love that you put Hermoine as one of yours!!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m sure you’ll find some amazing links in this month’s linkup Kenzie! And I agree – you’ll find plenty more women to look up to and there’s nothing bad about that!

  • http://bellebrita.com/ Brita Long

    I listed Lucy Stone, one of the earliest American suffragists, among my feminist role models. We have made such strides thanks to the efforts of the first feminists.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Ahh I love that we had such similar posts! I completely agree – we wouldn’t be where we are without those efforts those women made!

  • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

    Hermione is probably my favorite feminist, too. :D

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      She was honestly so awesome, and I loved that she was a character in such a popular series in a genre where you’d typically only find male characters

  • http://www.verilymerrilymary.com/ Mary | Verily Merrily Mary

    Great list of people! I’m SUCH a huge fan of Malala Yousafzai and the things she’s been able to accomplish at such a young age. She’s serves as a point of contact between the Western world and the Middle East which is so crucial in making sure that feminism becomes a global thing than just a Western ideal.

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Ooh! As you now I love this linkup and I’m super excited about January’s prompt. I’ve been wanting to look more closely at feminism in motherhood, and consider women such as Amy Chua and Sheryl Sandberg who’ve written about it in nuanced ways. I need to get to reading so I can participate in this!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Oooo I’m so excited to read that post, Daisy!

  • http://www.theliberalladykay.com/ theliberalladykay

    I am so glad I found your blog. This is a fantastic (another great f-word) link up and one worthy of peoples attention.

    Be Well, The Lady Kay

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks so much, Kay!

  • Corinne Falotico

    I am SO happy I found this link-up and your blog! I am a part of a lot of blogging networks but I’m always the only blogger who focuses on feminism. It’s such a treat to be able to finally network with bloggers like me!
    xo Corinne http://thefeministfeline.com

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m so glad you found the link up, Corinne! That’s exactly why we made this link-up, because we knew there were so many great feminist bloggers out there and we wanted a way to bring them all together :)

  • http://www.amyandthegreatworld.com/ AmyMacWorld

    Great post! It’s my first time joining the link-up and it’s such a good one! I tend to feel strongly about voting because so many women fought so hard for us to have this right–so why wouldn’t I want to? It boggles me that anyone who’s had someone fight for them to vote in the past refuses to.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I absolutely agree! I am so shocked when someone says they aren’t even registered, or when someone gets upset that you dare to discuss politics – it’s important, and a lot of people fought for our right to vote for who leads our country. Not only is it incredibly insulting to what they did for us, but it just shocks me that someone can have absolutely no interest in how our country is run.