International Women’s Day | ’15

Inspiring Female Character III: 
Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation) | Amy Poehler

Leslie Knope teaches the world that it’s okay to be excited over little things even if people don’t understand you. I get excited over the smallest details and for a while, I believed it was pathetic, like I needed to remain a certain way so people would take me seriously. And this bold, courageous woman taught me to never be ashamed of being eccentric; being loving and sensitive is beautiful — being different is beautiful. She teaches the importance of self love in the most inimitable way. Leslie Knope is the paradigm of a dreamer – a woman whose entire arc was about rising above the norms and fighting to succeed. It’s easy to love her because it’s easy to understand her. We all have dreams in our hearts we’ve been desiring since we were little girls and when life gets difficult, it’s easy to let go of them. But Leslie Knope reminds us that it’s okay if it takes a while. It’s okay if it doesn’t work out exactly as you pictured it because if you continue fighting, you’ll make it.

By being compassionate, enthusiastic, supportive, and generous, Leslie Knope teaches women how to be friends. She teaches the importance of selflessness through her unwavering empathy and adoration.

Inspiring Novel Written by a Female:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The moment you choose to pick this book up, people will have to snatch it out of your hands because it’s that great. Amy Poehler’s remarkable honesty and exquisite humor inspire impeccably. With numerous excellent quotes that women can carry with them in their lives, Poehler validates that she’s truly a gift in this industry. Much like Leslie Knope, Poehler showcases the importance of fighting for our dreams by discussing her journey into the industry. And it wasn’t always sunny, but surely in the end it’s worth it. What Yes Please did the most excellent job of authenticating is the fact that it’s okay not to always have it together – we are all beautifully flawed and we shouldn’t have to fake emotions. It’s okay if something isn’t going isn’t our way as long as we don’t give up. Poehler tackles numerous issues we all have face in her novel and it’s guaranteed to serve as a memorable inspiration for all.

International Women’s Day | ’15

Inspiring Female Character II:
Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) | Hayley Atwell

There are countless reasons why Agent Carter should be on the list of show’s you are all watching, but the greatest reason is the superlative message the show’s revolutionizing through this statement: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” The quote represents the faultless message that for each and every individual, there’s nothing more significant than our own perceptions of who we are. Peggy Carter’s character authenticates that no matter how many people form their own visions of who we are, nothing can taint our own views if we are confident with the truth. For young women everywhere who suffer with the agonizing and belittling fact that the world is continuously judging their actions, Peggy Carter is an icon whose actions should be analyzed and thoroughly understood in order to find self-love. Feminism is necessary because the world still has a difficult time understanding that equality is something we desperately need in order to create a safer, healthier environment for the younger generations. Instead of being taught that there’s a norm which everyone should strive to achieve, younger generations need the encouragement to recognize that the choices they make in order to live a happy life are all that matter. Agent Carter teaches its viewers that regardless of how superior someone’s place in society is, the only opinion that matters is one’s own — there is no right or wrong path everyone must robotically follow, for self respect is the key to success. At the end of the day, each and every human being needs to be taught how to properly love themselves and how vital it is that they follow their dreams.

As a series, Agent Carter does a magnificent job of showcasing women as complex figures. The series allows us to see that while Peggy Carter is fiercely independent and physically strong, she’s someone who often allows her heart to do the talking. She gives in to vulnerability, she cries, she gets angry, she laughs, she fights and she loves. Peggy Carter corroborates that she’s a woman who will do anything in her power to earn the respect she knows she deserves and if that’s not inspiring, then we don’t know what is. There is nothing more treasurable than self-love.

Hayley Atwell is a gift — truly, I’m dumbfounded by the lack of words in the English dictionary to describe her masterful performances. Peggy Carter was faced with numerous challenges this season and each time, Atwell delivered her scenes in an incomparably indescribable manner – evoking profound emotions into the hearts of viewers during all eight episodes.

International Women’s Day | ’15

Inspiring Female Characters I:
Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time) | Jennifer Morrison

Heroes don’t always wear capes and prowl the streets in an attempt to bring justice into the world, sometimes, the most heroic thing one can do is strive towards becoming the best version of themselves all while remaining a selfless, good person who owns up to their flaws and learns from their mistakes. Once Upon A Time may be known as the series revolving beloved fairytale characters living in our world, but it should be known for the impeccable female characters it’s got.

Most television series today do an exemplary job of writing real women. And Emma Swan is the perfect paradigm of a woman whose choices are the very reason she’s as heroic as it gets. Emma Swan’s journey has been unlike any other and what she’s done most beautifully is evoked hope into the hearts of presumably tons of women — ours for sure. She’s a fighter — a compassionate warrior who’ll do whatever it takes to make things right. At the end of the day, the most abysmal belief one can endure and carry with them is that they aren’t enough. This year, we got a glimpse into teenage Emma’s life and learned that from a young age, betrayal hit her hard and forced her to lose faith in family and friendships. This year, we watched Emma Swan find home and love, all while accepting the marvelous gifts bestowed to her at birth.  Thus, inspiring all women to remember that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

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