Women Role Models and their positive impacts on our lives. We discuss who our big influences are and what we’re looking for in a positive female role model. From Olympic swimmers, former First Ladies, poets, civil rights activists, singers and songwriters to women inventors. Do we have to do great things to be a good role model? No we don’t believe we do! We just have to be honest, caring, loving women and strive to be the best we can be. We need to instill in other females a sense of self worth. Let all women know that they can do whatever they set their minds too. Fulfill your dreams!
When I think about famous women who have influence me, I was inspired by olympic swimmers when I was growing up since I was an athlete for 11 years. I watched some of my favorite swimmers tell stories about their hard work and perseverance.
- Summer Sanders
- Amanda Beard
- Dara Torres
Swimming was a big part of my life so I looked for hero’s that did the same things I was interested in.
As an adult, my big influences have been women who have fought important issues and used their influence for the greater good.
- Ellen-bullying, helping people who experience loss, hardship
- Oprah-educating others, self-awareness, book club
Both donate to causes, bring awareness to issues of inequality and injustice, and give so much of themselves to helping and giving to others
- Women’s national soccer team-such an inspiration for young girls everywhere!
I posed the question online and here’s some answers I got:
- Brene Brown-an American scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor; TED talks, books about vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame; her topics are inspiring
- Jane Austin and J.K. Rowling- authors who created magic and beauty
- Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn – actresses in powerful roles who paved the way for inspirational women characters
- Kelly McGonical- a healthy psychologist that writes books and articles about mindfulness and stress-coping strategies
I wanted to get input from all ages! I asked my students (ages 9-11). Here were some of their responses and reasons why:
- Taylor Swift – because she follows her dreams and works hard
- Katy Perry – She loves her fans and has a big heart; I want to be just like her
Made we wonder, who are our daughters, nieces, granddaughters, friend’s daughters are looking up to? How do we explain the importance of a positive role model. What should they be exposed to? What should we avoid? What are we inspired by?
Who was your role model? My mother was my role model. Do I hope to be a good role model for those around me? Yes I do and I feel that it is important to me that my family and friends will in turn be good role models to others.
- Maya Angelou-poet, civil rights activist
- Melinda Gates-humanitarian
- Nancy Reagan-former first lady-just say no to drugs
- Gabby Giffords-member of the House of Representatives-who was subject to an assassination attempt.
- Patricia Bath-invented the laser cataract surgery
- Maria Pereira-invented the heart surgery adhesive
Just saw this on Facebook today and they were asking girls if they knew any women inventors and then at the end the girls said this would give them motivation to invent and look up to these women.