In honor of International Women’s Day-which was yesterday-I am dedicating my blog post tonight to the brave women before me who have conquered a testosterone filled world. For years a woman was expected to marry young, rear multiple children and stay at home cooking and cleaning her life away. It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come from the 50’s! These women made history and inspired girls like me to work for what they want.
Amelia Earhart was the first female pioneer of flight. In 1937 Amelia set forth on her journey to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. She was a woman of perseverance that became known in the male-dominated field of aviation. Amelia went from handling the flight log on a male pilots flight to flying her Lockheed Vega 5B across the Atlantic Ocean. Her goal was to emulate Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight in 1927-she succeeded despite blistering conditions.
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” -Amelia Earhart
Sally Ride was 32 when she became the first female astronaut in space. Aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, Sally launched into low earth orbit with her crew mates. She was the first astronaut to use Challengers’s robotic arm to retrieve a satellite in space-a device in which she helped develop.
It wasn’t until the end of her college years that Sally decided to become an astronaut. She used her successes to write books that encourage children to study science. She is an icon to women both in the field and an inspiration to women interested in studying science and engineering. Most of all, Sally proved that women can do exactly what men do-even travel to space!
“The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.” -Sally Ride
Tina Fey sets the bar for women in comedy. Sure you saw female comedians on Saturday Night Live before she became a cast member but she defined modern comedy. Tina inspired a new era of female comedians which introduced stars such as Kristen Wig and Amy Pohler. She isn’t afraid to push boundaries. During the 2008 elections, Tina portrayed Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, poking fun of her scatter-brained personality. And of course who can forget her review of Hilary Clinton. Tina mentioned that people aren’t fond of her because she’s a bitch then proceeded to tell us that “Bitches get stuff done.” Sure she can be crude but Tina proves that women can get stuff done AND make em laugh too!
“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing & don’t care if they like it.” -Tina Fey
To sum this all up, these three women are my personal role models. From taking flight risks, inspiring young female scientists and trashing political figures for fun these women inspire young females to get out there and do what they love to do. If they say you can’t do it prove them wrong. After all we can work a full-time job, cook killer meals, raise kids and still be ready to take on the world!