.Every day girls everywhere aspire to be just like someone else. For some, this brings out positive aspects, and for others it,unfortunately, makes their priorities a little dysfunctional. In our crazy society, it is now acceptable and normal to idolize females who belittle themselves and others who are actually trying to make a difference. There are many women who are working for the better, and they should be getting more well-deserved recognition. Here are six awesome ladies who other women, young and old, should look up to! (Listed in no particular order)
- Amy Poehler
Amy is a comedian, movie and television actress, voice actress, director, producer and author. She is also a contributor to the online community, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which encourages women in areas such as volunteerism and activism. She has been included on TIME’s, “100 Most Influential People in the World.” With so much enthusiasm and optimism about the issues she’s passionate about, Amy is a great role-model for girls.
- Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer is most notably acknowledged for her amazing work in the film industry, starring in hits such as Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, the Hunger Games film series (duh) and plenty more. She is also very involved with multiple charities and recently created the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which supports a variety of charities, including the Special Olympics. What most people love about her though is her sense of self. She loves who she is and doesn’t care what others may think. Her confidence alone is something to yearn for, no doubt.
- Malala Yousafzai
Malala is a children’s rights activist and a women’s rights activist and is only 18 years old. As a young girl, she advocated for girls’ education, which resulted in a threat from the Taliban. She was actually shot not long after the threat and survived. All of this because she stood up for what she believes. Today, she is one of the most influential young women in the world and is even the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. She’s definitely someone to look up to for young women and girls.
- Angelina Jolie
Angelina is an actress, filmmaker and humanitarian. Along with starring in several major films, she is noted for her work promoting education, women’s rights and many more causes. She is currently an advocate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It seems she is always a subject in tabloids concerning her personal relationships, when in reality it should be for how amazing of a person she is and the work she does to improve our world.
- Gabby Douglas
Gabby is an American gymnast. She was the first African-American woman in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion and the first American gymnast to win gold medals in both the individual all-around and team competitions. She is now a major public figure and has told her life story in The Gabby Douglas Story. She inspires young girls to pursue their dreams and to work hard in order to achieve them.
- Emma Watson
Emma is an actress, model and activist. She became an actress as a young girl, but that did not stop her from continuing her education. She juggled work and school and graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature. Emma shares the importance of education to the public and proves that if you set your mind to it, anything is possible. She is currently a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and campaigns for HeForShe, a group working towards gender equality.
As you can see, all of these women are amazing in their own individual ways and are certainly capable of being positive role models for girls everywhere!