I was chatting with a girlfriend last night and we got on the topic of women we admire and why. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. We spend so much time as young women (hopefully not just me!) thinking if we were only thinner or more successful or more “fill in the blank” we’d be happier, but our energy seems misplaced. When I think of the women I most admire it’s never for surface reasons — it’s because they’re kind, they’re intelligent, they make me laugh till my cheeks hurt, or they inspire me creatively. I think of my Aunt Shaun and her sparkling sense of humor. My grandmother Rita and her countless years of volunteer work. I think of Joan Didion’s powerful prose, Maira Kalman’s witty paintings, Jackie Kennedy’s poise under devastating circumstances, Diana Vreeland’s spectacular imagination, Maya Angelou’s awe-inspiring strength… I’ve never once given thought to the size of their waists or their numerical successes — why do I so often focus on my own?
I thought it might be interesting to do a group brainstorm — I’d love to hear, who are women you admire and why? If your responses are anything like your book recommendations, we are all in for a treat.
(pictured: Frida Kahlo)