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In honor of International Women's Day (early this week) and National Women's Month, I wanted to share 5 women who have impacted my life and inspire me to be a better woman every day. So sit back, and enjoy my thoughts about all of these influential women. Don't be afraid to check them out too!
My Mom and my Sister
These were the first two women in my life, and they are the first two women that I turn to for anything. They are my support system and my best friends. I can't thank my Mom and my Sister enough for raising me and being an everyday example of a strong woman. I hope to one day be as strong of a wife, and mother as they are.
Toni Morrison is the first black author that I was introduced to. We had to read one of her most famous books Beloved in high school. I loved her writing and her perspective of being a woman of color so much that I continued to read her other books. My favorite is The Bluest Eye.
Through her books, I learned what it means to be a black woman in America, from the past (and currently). If you want to get The Bluest Eye or check out any of her other books, check out the link above!
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was a gift to my lonely days in High School. Her words gave me solace during times when I felt like there was no hope. She made me feel like there was a future for me as a woman of color in the Arts. Yes, I consider Poetry an Art.
Some days, when I am low or feeling unmotivated, I turn towards her poetry to help lift my spirits. If you haven't already read her work, please do it right now! You can find the link to her most recent work above.
Cleopatra (From fiction and history)
I am not sure many people know the full history of Cleopatra. She was the daughter of a Pharoh and was forced to marry her younger brother. She was despised by her older siblings and had multiple assassination attempts by them. She wasn't exactly the most beautiful woman during her time, but she used her charm, and her wisdom to stay alive.
Since I was 8, Cleopatra has always been a motivational character, even now I envy her strength and cunning. She had some pretty epic love affairs, and honestly an epic death. She lived life on her own terms and died on her own terms. Something that wasn't easy during her time period, and not easy during the present day either. Learn more about Cleopatra here. My favorite fiction book about her is The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. You can find the link to her book on Amazon above.
Last on the list is Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks was a revolutionary woman who will forever be a pillar of change and resistance to oppression. Through her actions in history, she taught me that I should never allow myself to be put into a category or a box and be silent about it.
She was strong enough to speak out against racism, and segregation without fear. That is something I will always keep in my mind as I keep my strength whenever I need to stick up for myself. If you need to learn more about Rosa Park's history check here!
Who Inspires You?
Do you have any wonderful women who inspire you? If so, leave a comment below!