International Women’s Day is fast approaching. This day (March 8th) celebrates the political, cultural, social, and economic achievements of women all over the world.
Five thousand Brits were asked who they believe is the most inspirational woman, with Meghan Markle coming out on top.
If Meghan Markle is an inspirational figure for young women, what exactly are they aspiring to be?
As International Women’s Day rolls around every March, I take time to honor the women who have been inspirational to me. Meghan Markle is never on that list.
Why would she be? Her fame is built on the very thing that women have been fighting against for decades.
Reliance on men.
Media coverage is more influential today than its ever been
A recent survey asked 5,000 British women who they believe to be the most inspiring woman. You would think that we’d see mention of Jane Austen, one of the first modern-era feminists and a hugely influential author.
What about Emmeline Pankhurst? The head of the British Suffragette movement was a political activist long before Greta Thunberg. Or even Rosalind Franklin?
No, none of these pioneers made the list. They rarely do.
The top three in the vote are Meghan Markle, Greta Thunberg, and Rihanna. Oh, and Katie Price was given an honorable mention as well.
As we head into 2020, it’s clear to me that women still have a long way to go.