The world is full of amazing women and I pay extra attention to them because that’s what I want to be when I grow up.
Feminism is important.
My ears perk up when I hear about women being awesome.
or rather, my soul.
I pay attention to the FIRSTS for women.
I read about them and soak up inspiration.
Words of wisdom.
How about this young woman. Just read about her today and woowee! Ethiopian heritage, Israeli Soldier, Ms. Israel beauty queen… dining at the White House. I mean dang girl,
Sheryl Sandberg. Duh.
Best line from the Time Magazine article, Confidence Woman, regarding Sandberg:
“Some people emanate ‘I’m a pro at what I do. And I’m such a pro that when you’re around me, you’re going to want to be more of a pro too,’” says Chris Cox, Facebook’s VP of product. “And that’s how it felt when she showed up.”
I like that. I want to be like that.
She’s with our gal Sandberg. “Let’s make feminism less scary.”
Schulte gives us a lot to think about mothering and fathering amidst a busy American life.
(She’s also a friend of my family… soooo that’s pretty awesome.)
Excuse my language, but what a total BAMF!!!!
Why weren’t American women of the 1990s reading Daughter of the East?!
If they HAD they would have understood that feminism IS STILL NECESSARY!!!
People trying to tell BB that you can’t have a PREGGO Prime Minister!!!!! Hmmf.
The sad thing is, when we have a woman president in America I’m sure people will say the same crazy stuff.
This blog rocks. Speaking of international perspectives on women, careers and motherhood…
American culture is such a strange thing, especially when it comes to breast feeding.
Americans could learn a thing or two from the matriarchal- I will take care of my kids whenever, wherever, however I feel like it- NO-NONSENSE motherhooding going on in Congo. Booyah.
Speaking of no-nonsense motherhooding.
Sally Reams is the greatest mother to ever walk the planet earth.
She went from cheerleader-sorority officer-seamstress to competetive rower-department of defense manager-super mom.
She worked all day and then made us dinner, made us do our homework, made us ack right, etttttcetera!
Yea, you read it right- ACK right.
She recently sent me this fantastic PBS documentary called Makers: Women Who Make America. Watch it!
As my life expanded across the Atlantic and back, I’ve become totally obsessed with Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi. She’s a Nigerian writer and has written two of the most beautiful novels I’ve ever read.
I stayed up until 5 in the morning finishing Purple Hibiscus.
There is just so much negative non-fiction about Africa.
And her books are like a breath of fresh air.
Her books share more of a REAL picture than non-fiction ever could.
Half of a Yellow Sun.
Speaking of suns, I’ll never forget when a group of my 7th grade girls in Kinshasa knew that I had read The Kite Runner.
“Ms. Rich, you HAVE to read A Thousand Splendid Suns. It’s even BETTER than The Kite Runner because it’s about GIRLS! and the power of… GIRL POWER!”
So I took their advice, and sat at the airport reading it, crying like a baby at the beautifulness of it all. This girl power story that was recommended to me by 7th grade girls.
Lastly, but certainly not least.
My favorite spoken word pieces.
Zora Howard is awesome. I came across Bi-Racial Hair when I was teaching a poetry unit in Brooklyn last year.
Annnnd Zora Howard is still awesome, studying at Yale.
How about Edwidge Danticat from Haiti. Breath, Eyes, Memory. What a BOOK!
How about one of my favorite poets from South Africa, Natalie Molebatsi.
Her poem, Listen up Child, ranks right up there with Phenomenal Woman.
The list could go on.
Mary McLeod Bethune.
Billie Jean King.
My girl scout leaders.
My sisters, Megg and Mattie.
The nuns I worked for in Goma.
The director I worked for in Kinshasa.
The principal I worked for in Brooklyn.
These are the amazing women I will continue to pay extra attention to.
Because that’s what I am determined to be.
Because of all the feminists before me,
and all the feminists around now…
makes it pretty easy for me to
dream as BIG as I freaking want,
and actually DO whatever I want.
To be a woman, phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman, I’ll be.