Last 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.
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.