The world has come a long way in establishing a much friendlier society for women. While we have yet to reach a state where we can actually claim gender equality, many have stepped up to fight for the rights of women and increase their social, economic, political and legal strength. This does not just reflect in governments passing women-centric laws; it is also seen across various industries.
The film business, for instance, provides a center stage for women. Audiences had not seen a female-fronted superhero movie in over a decade, until DC’s Wonder Woman finally came out this year. The video game industry, which people usually assume is male-dominated, also goes out of its way to empower women.
Nintendo’s video game Metroid made waves in 1986 when its protagonist Samus Aran, who went under the disguise of a power suit throughout the whole game, revealed herself to be female. Many game journalists consider it as one of the most jaw-dropping plot twists in video game history, and that her character paved the way for the presence of more female characters in gaming. An IGN writer shared, “Men and women alike accepted her as a hero, paving the way for the future of strong women in gaming.”
Since the ratio of male characters to female characters is severely unbalanced, there has even become a trend where roles are gender-bended. Marvel made a big move when it released a new comics series featuring a female Thor. Regarding this news, Nerdist noted that Marvel seems committed to making one of its big three heroes a strong female presence in the Marvel Universe. Another example of the gender-bending trend is Slingo that has a variety of slot games that feature strong female figures. Players can look up to the likes of Jane Bond and Lady Robin Hood, among others. Changes like these only prove that female characters can definitely keep up with male characters in the coming years. It’s comforting to know these types of industries make an effort in recognizing that women can also be seen as role models for both genders.
Of course, strong female characters do not exist only in fictional universes. There are a lot of real women out there to look up to, and many of them use social media platforms like Instagram to inspire others.
If you want to be empowered while browsing through your Instagram feed, you may want to hit the follow button on these Instagram accounts:
Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)
The live-action Wonder Woman film shattered box office records when it premiered last May, thanks to the movie’s powerful narrative from director Patty Jenkins and a strong performance from the movie’s lead, Gal Gadot. With it now being the fifth biggest superhero movie ever, according to Forbes, it proved that female-centric superhero narratives can indeed be blockbusters. But Gal Gadot isn’t just a wonder woman onscreen; she is all kinds of super in real life too. Through her Instagram, Gal Gadot shares her everyday struggles of being a mom, as well as life lessons she learned growing up in Israel.
Memorable Quote: (On remembering her late grandfather) “I was taught to love all people for what their heart is. We’re all spirits and souls in this universe. Light should always beat darkness as love should always beat hatred.”
Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn)
A yoga teacher, athlete and an activist, Jessamyn Stanley dispels the myth that healthy bodies come in only one shape. Each post on her Instagram consists of messages of body positivity and being comfortable in your own skin. She has been featured in several media outlets like The Daily Mail, New York Times, Good Morning America and others.
Memorable Quote: “My struggle towards self-confidence and self-love is constantly evolving. In my experience, self-hate doesn’t miraculously go away. It takes work. Showing up for that work is what’s most important.”
Katie Meyler (@katiemeyler)
There is no stopping this selfless woman. When the Ebola crisis struck in West Africa, Katie Meyler stood her ground and provided aid for young girls in Liberia. She is the founder of More Than Me (MTM), an organization that helps Liberian girls get the education they need. With the support of Liberia’s government, Katie and MTM strive to rebuild Liberia’s education system. Her selfless efforts have garnered her recognition from Time Magazine’s 2014 edition of People of the Year.
Memorable Quote: “Make big moves. Live where your heart is racing, your hands are shaking, and your stomach is turning. Take a breath, have a vision for the outcome you want and GO. With all your might, GO!”
Stacia Pierce (@staciapierce)
With a lot of career insight to share, this award-winning life coach makes it her job to help women achieve success. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of individuals, from celebrities, to business owners, lawyers, doctors, and government officials. While Stacia mostly posts on her website, LifeCoach2Women, she also uses Instagram as a platform to motivate her followers. Her account is filled with success quotes and photos of her travels to coach women around the US.
Memorable Quote: “Over the years, I have learned that success is a culmination of daily habits consistently executed until you see the results you want.”
Kimothy Joy (@kimothyjoy)
If you truly believe that art can bring about social change, you should definitely follow Kimothy Joy’s work. She’s a Denver-based illustrator who paints portraits of real-life heroines to promote women empowerment. She has also partnered with a couple of non-profit organizations and businesses on several social change campaigns. Her Instagram not only showcases some of her empowering artworks featuring women from all over the world, but her journey in affecting social change as well.
Memorable Quote: “WE are possible. We don’t have to look any further than inside ourselves and to one another for the answers. We can do things differently and interact with each other in a whole new way.”
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Let me know in the comments about your own female role modles, girl crushes and women who inspire you and why!
Cheering you on,