Considering over half of my courses at Brock over the past three years have been Women and Gender Studies courses, it probably comes as no surprise that there a couple of women that come to mind when I think of role models.
Of course there are many males in society and popular culture that I am sure many persons consider to be role models, but for the purpose of this post I will be discussing women I admire.
Ellen Degeneres is definitely the first female role model that comes to mind for myself. I have been periodically watching Ellen’s show since I was probably 12 or 13 years old, and as I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate Ellen for a lot more than her hilarious sense of humour. She has raised over 50 million dollars to date for countless charities, she is an incredibly figure of admiration for all persons involved in the LGBTQ community, and her generosity to persons all over the world is truly remarkable. It is rare to come across an individual who can be so hilarious yet such a profoundly good person, and that is why I admire Ellen and consider her to be one of my role models.
Another woman I admire for her fearlessness and outspoken opinions on gender inequality is Amy Schumer. Can we just all take a minute to acknowledge that Amy Schumer is probably one of the most hilarious women to hit the comedic scene in decades, and despite her rowdy personality and endless jokes, she is still able to communicate very serious and relevant matters in contemporary culture like female body image and gender inequality in the workplace. I mean, damn, this woman deserves respect. It is apparent in her work that Amy is so incredibly passionate about what she does, and I think that is really inspiring for girls and women of all ages, and that is why Amy Schumer is one of my role models.
Some honourable mentions I would like to include in this post are Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, and Adele.
Although this might seem rather corny and of course biased, my own mother is definitely one of my role models. My mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor, so that alone demands a tremendous amount of respect and admiration, but my mom is hands the strongest person I know. Everything she does is to support and encourage our family, and she would be willing to do anything for someone she loves. She is one of my best friends, and I know I can tell her anything, which is something I am extremely grateful for. We argue and banter and fight, as I’m sure most mothers and daughters do, but at the end of the day I know my mom has my absolute best intentions at heart, even before her own, which is what makes her one of my role models.
If you have a female role model, please comment below and share! Let me know what it is that makes that person a role model for you.