By Kaylee Tate and Isabella Doumitt
The month of March, as many people may not be aware, is Women’s History Month. It is a time to remember all of the great contributions women have made despite adversity, along with their continuous fight for equal rights. Women have been marching since the 1920s demanding equality of the sexes. Today, many women are still paving the way so that young girls can have a fighting chance at life. So many still wish to empower and show women just how important they are and how standing up for what is right is always important. Reflecting on such great women this month has made me grateful to have such great female role models to look up to. Two women that inspire us are Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie.
Michelle Obama inspires me because she was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. When I was nine years old I attended the Presidential Inauguration with my dad. I remember seeing Michelle and her husband wave at everyone at the inauguration parade. I never had seen someone that looked similar to me in such a position of power. Seeing her made me feel like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. She also inspires me because she is a proud feminist like myself. Through her days in office as First Lady, Michelle worked to continuously empower girls young and old, making sure that they recognized how truly important they were. Michelle led campaigns such as Let Girls Learn which was her foundation to help girls in third-world countries to have an education. It also reached out to countries in war and crisis where women sometimes could not be educated. Not only did Michelle empower women but she made sure the White House was a place open to everyone.
Groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and dance programs came and showed their passions to Michelle and her husband. Finally, Michelle Obama inspires me because of her drive to learn more and her thirst for knowledge. She not only wants to learn more to help herself but to help everyone around her. I aspire to be like Michelle Obama every day; she continues to be my role model.
“As women, we must stand up for ourselves… For each other. For justice for all.” – Michelle Obama
One woman who inspires me is Angelina Jolie. Not only has she worked hard to build a strong career in Hollywood, she uses her platform to bring attention to the struggles that less fortunate women face on a daily basis. She holds a position of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and works to help women that face wartime violence and sex crimes. She dedicates her time to educating others on global women’s rights and has recently opened a center in London to fight warzone violence against women. Another reason she is inspiring to me is the awareness she has brought to ovarian and breast cancer after she had a double mastectomy. Throughout her charity work, acting/directing career, and cancer awareness, she is also a mother of 6 adopted children and continues to inspire women around the world.
“There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.” – Angelina Jolie