The Yahoo! Mother Board is creating a virtual guide-book of women we want our daughters to know; women we find inspiring, intelligent, ground-breaking and positive. I am the mother of a six-year-old girl, so this project is close to my heart. I want my daughter to know her talents are vast and her opportunities are endless. It’s an honor to build a collection of amazing women who can serve as examples for her.
Here is my contribution:
1. Hillary Clinton: I always liked the persona of Hillary Clinton. She appears smart, composed, ground-breaking and glass-shattering. I am inspired by Hillary because, like me, she was raised in the Midwest, is a member of the United Methodist Church, and is the mother of an only child. I like the idea of Hillary Clinton: ballsy, compassionate and uber-smart. Reading her autobiography Living History offered a peek into her personal life, and I was so inspired by her approach to motherhood that I often times take the parenting advice from her book. I want my daughter to know about Hillary Clinton because I want her to know there are smart women who are not afraid to be smart and to pave the way for the rest of us.
2. Tina Fey: It’s no secret I love Tina Fey. I’ve blogged about her more than once. I adore Tina because she is brave, smart and funny. I feel like Tina Fey is the voice of many women of my generation, the working moms who juggle multiple roles. Not only is Tina a player in Hollywood, she dominates it. She is not afraid to be snarky (do you watch 30 Rock?) and witty. I want my daughter to know about Tina Fey because she is not afraid to be smart, engaging and funny… traits I hope my daughter will have.
3. Sally Ride: I learned about Sally Ride in my school history books. After all, she was the first woman to enter space. I always found her inspirational, but I never considered her a role model for me personally. Then I produced a daughter who loves math and science, so Sally Ride needs to be on this list. I probably wouldn’t push my daughter to become a celebrated astronaut (Mommy likes her girl on the ground where I can see her!), but I will absolutely encourage her to follow her love for math and science. I want my child to know about Sally Ride so she can see what can happen if she continues to be excited by math and science.
4. Susan B. Anthony: In my mind, Susan B. Anthony was a trail-blazer before anyone even coined that term. Our family is full of patriotic Americans who embrace its history, cultures and potential. I hope my daughter can appreciate women who were brave enough to speak up during a time when women were expected to be quiet. I want my daughter to vote in her honor; I don’t care how she votes, I just want her to know it’s a privilege. I want my daughter to know about Susan B. Anthony because I want her to appreciate the path she has paved for all women in America.
5. My Mom: I have listed women who have changed the face of the world by tackling giant issues and taking radical action. As I finish my list, I feel it’s important to remember that some women can impact millions of people, and some simply make their mark by impacting a select few. Being the first women in space or having your face on a U.S. coin is amazing, but so are the women who choose to lead a low-profile, yet extremely wonderful, lives. Some women are profound because they have good and loving souls. That is my mom. She is a good mother, sister, community-member and human being. She is caring, respectful, giving and loving. More importantly, I don’t actually know the personal character of Hillary, Tina, Sally or Susan… but I know my mother. And I know she is an amazing role model for her granddaughter. I want my daughter to know my mom because while it is great to change the world, it is equally important and powerful to change just one beautiful life.
Who is on your list?
– LTV Mom
This post was inspired by participation with the Yahoo! Mother Board, where 80 amazing women share thoughts on a single topic each month. While Yahoo! is my client, these thoughts are mine and I did not receive compensation for writing this post.