The rebellious women that inspire me
Sometimes I wish I had picked an easier name for my blog. It gets tiring to repeat and spell out “the R-E-B-E-L Chronicles” to people I meet, over and over again.
But then again I tell myself that I picked the name for a reason. I’ve always considered myself to be a rebel of some sort. Not your typical leather wearing, motorcycle riding, rock and roll vibes kind of rebel, but more of an adventurous wandered that’s never let a “no” stop me from doing anything I’ve wanted to do.
That’s what I want TRC to represent. I want it to shout out “You can achieve anything! You can speak your mind! You can move mountains!” You’re beautiful, you’re strong, you’re incredibly smart, you’re so many things at once. Don’t ever let other people dictate your life, I clearly never did, just ask my parents, they’ll reluctantly concur.
There’s some women I grew up reading about or watching on TV that really inspired me and subconsciously shaped the way I behave and think. Here’s just a few of these women’s stories I’d like to share with you.
Yes, it may sound cliche to some, but she seriously inspired me. Very few people know the real story of her life. Sure, there are some controversial stories floating around, but regardless, she was a strong woman who shaped the fashion industry during a time when women were expected to wear nothing but skirts and dresses. She allowed women to liberate themselves and finally feel comfortable, yet always elegant in pants and suits. She was the epitome of elegance and strength.
I absolutely loved watching Oprah on TV growing up. This woman not only had to fight to launch her broadcasting career as a woman, but she had to rise up against the still omnipresent discrimination she faced as a black female TV host. Oprah built a serious empire and always preaches that no matter where you come from, you CAN thrive and succeed! Love.
Not only was she the first female co-host of a news show, she was also the first female co-anchor of an evening news broadcast for ABC News. I know it sounds minimal to us, but these women paved the way for the present “normal” we live today.
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She inspired all women, not only African Americans, to overcome gender and race discrimination. Some of my all time favorite words are Angelou’s very own words.
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
– Maya Angelou