Don’t spoil the movie for me! I haven’t seen it yet! Wonder Woman is being applauded for being a true representation of what women should look up to in the realm of super heroes. I personally don’t like DC comics, but I will say it looks intriguing. I love Black Widow, but she isn’t necessarily a role model.
Once upon a time, I was a huge celebrity follower, movie lover, and entertainment enthusiast. As we get older and realize that the world is being enveloped by more Kardashians and Kardashian wannabes, we start to look for something real. We want real stories of heroism. We want real stories of people who make a difference without having to sell their soul.
I am going to introduce you to 5 modern day wonder women that will inspire you to be a better person. Look them up. Follow them. Aspire to be them.
2. Jenny Lawson
If you asked me who my hero was on a personal level, I would hands down say Jenny Lawson. Jenny Lawson is journalist, author and blogger. She is the author of The Bloggess website, co-authored Good Mom/Bad Mom on the Houston Chronicle and was a columnist for SexIs magazine. She has two books, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and my persona favorite, “Furiously Happy,” a powerful look into the psyche of a person with mental illness and everyday struggles. She is well known for her humorous and off the wall writing style. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, depression, anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, trichotillomania and mild obsessive-compulsive disorder.
3. Park Yeon-mi
A few months ago I saw this video making its rounds on Facebook. It was a girl who I thought was a teenager, speaking on human rights and trafficking. She was older and she was wise beyond her years. We think we know pain, but she knows real pain. Park Yeon-mi is a North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009. After her father was sent to a labor camp for smuggling, her family faced starvation. They fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers before escaping to Mongolia. She is now an advocate for victims of human trafficking in China due to PTSD and works to promote human rights in North Korea and around the globe.
4. Razia Jan
Razia Jan, has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Razia is the founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. She was nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero of 2012 for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides a free education to about 350 girls.
5. Graça Machel
Graça Machel DBE is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican president Samora Machel. Machel is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work. Now that is power and passion.
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
― Brodi Ashton, Everneath