I have been interested since – well since I was a girl – about role models for children that are women. Not specifically for women, but that are women. When I was younger (up even through high school) my personal was not a woman, but Jacques-Yves Cousteau. In my opinion, he had the coolest job. But I couldn’t think of that many women that I wanted to emulate. Oh sure, there were lots of ladies that people called role models, but after you strip away the ones that are just famous, how many are really good role models?
As I got older, this became more of a burning question for me. I don’t have kids, but lots of my friends and family do, and they are growing up in a world where people like Kim Kardashian, the Olsen Twins, and even Kate Moss are seen as positive role models. Someone reading this will likely disagree with me, but I don’t believe these women set good standards. Kim Kardashian is one of the most typical “famous for being famous” women out there right now. It is said she is famous for a sex tape, but I have never seen that so I don’t know for sure. And if she is famous for that, it is a terrible reason for being called a role model. The Olsen twins are billionaires, sure. But they got that way because of the people handling them since infancy, and they have done pretty much nothing with it since then but look all mopey and get an eating disorder. Not great role models. And Kate Moss, while famous at being good at her job (a walking hanger), she is a recurrent drug addict.
There have to be better women out there who manage to get the spotlight once in a while who a parent wouldn’t be embarrassed for their daughters to emulate.
So I asked my female facebook friends what females have positive messages and lives that would make good role models. And the answers poured in in staggering numbers. I took as many as I could and evaluated them for myself. They need to be good at what they do, for starters. I also thought they shouldn’t do anything embarrassing, like say being famous for throwing up or something (as far as I know no one is famous for this, it is just an example). The should be positive, as in not belittling anyone to be famous, helping others less fortunate, and so on. They don’t need to be living, but it does help, so most of the long deceased were removed (with some very notable exceptions). Finally, I had to categorize them, because there were just far too many to work with.
When I was done with this, I had over a dozen categories – some that will need to be split even further – of women who are positive role models. I decided to make slideshows of these women and put them out there for anyone who wants to see. I know I don’t have the widest audience, but at least I am trying. Put it to music that I have made (mainly for copyright reasons, but also because I love my music) and I have pretty sweet videos on women that can be role models for everyone.
The first Role Models video is about Women Activists, and I think is my favorite so far. It uses my arrangement of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” song, in a fairy tale variation:
The second Role Model video is about Royalty. It uses Lorde’s song “Royals”, in a variation for handbell choir:
The third, and most recent, video is about the Fashion Industry. It uses Ke$ha’s song “Blow”, in a Bollywood style variation:
These are all my role models, and there are so many more to come.