11 Reasons It's Great To Be A Girl In 2012Ashley Perez

I’ve been meaning to write this article for a while now, but for some reason or other have delayed doing so… until now. I am currently watching ADELE’s Live at Royal Albert Concert Hall DVD and I literally can’t keep my feelings in any longer. It is great to be a woman in 2012. It’s great to be a woman, period really.

The nice thing about the way history is going is that things seem to keep getting better for women— and thus this sentiment may not be new, but regardless it’s important for every generation to voice it. You see, I’ve always had the sneaking suspicion there was a young feminist brewing inside me. To be fair I was no Susan B. Anthony, but I think my affinity towards the Spice Girls and their message of “girl power” is enough to qualify me for the Young Feminist Awards (heretofore known as the Femmys— like the Emmys but better).

I always had it in the back of my mind that girls could do things just as well, if not better than most of the boys I knew. But being a twelve year old feminist isn’t necessarily the best thing for adolescent insecurities as if often leaves underdeveloped boys feeling threatened by your raw female power. However as a semi self-actualized twenty-three year old woman I think I can now confidently say that it’s pretty darn incredible to be a woman.

And the best thing is I have proof! Each and every passing moment brings yet another milestone in women’s accomplishments, to the point that I have way too many female role models to even keep count (this is not hyperbole my fellow uteruses… uteri?). I’m 100% serious when I say I’m losing count.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post to bring you a short list (in no particular order) of just some of the incredible women that are changing the world.

1. ADELE: Singer/Songwriter. Writes songs about feelings you didn’t even know you had.

2. Beyonce: Singer/Entertainer/Mogul/Reincarnated Goddess. I like to refer to B as the head of the unofficial pantheon of divas. There is nothing Beyonce can’t do better than you, and in a 6 inch pair of stilettos, too.

3. Ellen Degeneres: Talk Show Host/Author/Cover Girl/Comedian. This incredible woman makes everyone’s day brighter. She’s kind, hilarious, generous, and smart.

4. Lena Dunham: Writer/Producer/Director/Actress: If you haven’t caught the credits of a Lena Dunham production, well it’s basically all her. This woman is a forced to be reckoned with and much like her character Hannah on Girls, she could very well be the voice of our generation.

5. Marissa Mayer: CEO/Mom/The Boss: This year Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo’s top gig becoming one of 20 female CEOs running Fortune 500 companies.

6. Mindy Kaling: Writer/Executive Producer/Actress. This woman is 100 different kinds of hilarious and if you haven’t watched The Mindy Project/read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns?) then stop what you’re doing and get on it. You’ll thank me later.

7. Emma Stone: Actress/All-Around Hilarious Human Being. MTV recently awarded Emma with its first ever “Trailblazer” award because there was no other award that encompassed the fullness of such a vibrant personality. Sidenote: I chose a picture of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone together as a treat for us all, because who doesn’t deserve a little Ryan now and again.

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  1. great list, although in spite of being envious of michelle’s biceps and clothing, I think being an amazing lawyer and mom (oh and she was barack’s supervisor when they met) is a bit more impressive, or at least worth mentioning. i’m also a bit bummed at the implication that she should even have to “prove” that she’s not a trophy wife.

    definitely agree with comments to mention smart girls at the party, tammy baldwin, amazing female athletes, and people who are less hollywood (points for hil, michelle, and marissa though!) also, just cuz someone is skinny doesnt mean they have to be boring. let’s be kind to each other.

    i think just liking spice girls/girl power is actually pretty low on the feminism scale, even for a kid. perhaps thats why there’s some things in here that run pretty contrary to feminist thought.

  2. All interesting, except Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren’t thin? Wow, come on…

  3. Taylor Swift does NOT belong on this ” 10 reasons it’s great to be a girl”. (Wtf???? Misleading!) Should be renamed ”9 Successful Role Models For Women…and Taylor Swift.” Lol

  4. I’d like to celebrate our female power as much as anyone else, but my concern is that we only seem to worship the women who are in the media nowadays – aka singers, writers, producers, actresses. It looks as if we can only make our strenght known if there is a camera pointed at us.
    Also, why are we all so surprised at these women’s achievements? Surely we of all people know what they’re capable of and shouldn’t regard it as more special than when a regular man achieves something. Aren’t we equal after all?

  5. “It’s great to be a woman, period really.” Pun intended?

    Great post!

  6. Not sure Beyonce belongs on this list. I refer you to the $50 million contract she recently signed with Pepsi, when consumption of sugar in North America is reaching toxic, yes toxic levels. She’s playing a role in that toxicity for her own financial gain. When diabetes in young girls increases in North America, will she be held responsible, or take responsibility, for that? I doubt it.

  7. LATER.

  8. With the 40th anniversary of Title IX and the Summer Olympics taking place this year, I’m surprised about the lack of athletes on this list. Don’t get me wrong, I love everyone on this list for one reason or another (even Taylor!), but where are the likes of Sam Gordon, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, the Fab Five and Brittney Griner?

    • Good point. I’ve been living in South Korea this year as an English teacher and didn’t get to watch the Olympics, aside from Judo & Taekwando, so I know surprisingly little about this years athletes. But they all deserve commendation.

  9. Taylor Swift teaches young girls that they can whine, gossip, and talk bad about others as long as they pretend to be coy, sweet, and innocent. What a fantastic role model.

  10. I’d definitely add Almie Rose. Great list though, I had a phase for each one of these ladies this year. Currently, it’s Lena.

  11. wait these are just people. i thought this was supposed to be reasons. since when has what other people do been a reason for me to be proud of something? esp the woman that took over yahoo. it doesn’t matter what gender they are, most (not ALL) CEOs are money grubbing slimeballs.

  12. For Amy Poehler you didn’t mention Smart Girls at the Party!!

    • Amy, I totally forgot to. I was just doing little snippets about each person. But don’t worry I gave Smart Girls a shoutout on my personal blog.

  13. Since when is Lena Dunham the voice of our generation? Let’s see how long she lasts.

  14. Uh, now Taylor Swift writes her own stuff, kind of. As someone who lives in Nashville, and knows 3 separate individuals that have “written” with her…she doesn’t write it all herself. She is less inspiring than Tammy Baldwin as far as women go, I think. Tswift is more caught up in herself than she should be to be considered inspiring.

    Being the first openly gay senate member (and a female) is WAY more of an accomplishment!

    • Good point on RED she purposefully collaborated with her favorite singers and songwriters, but Speak Now was entirely written by Taylor, as a challenge to herself. And Tammy Baldwin is an incredible woman, you’re very right.

  15. I love everything about this post. And all I kept thinking was, “Tina and Amy… where are they? I know they are on this list! They HAVE to be!” And boom, there they are. You did not disappoint.

  16. I was a little surprised to see TSwift on the list. I don’t particularly think she’s a good role model for young girls being that all she does is complain about her exes. But she does write and sing her own stuff. So touche. A little too preachy for my taste, but a good read :)

  17. Where’s Zooey? … By the way, nice post.

  18. Love your writing so much! and I do love this article. Like you, I have a little bit of a feminist inhabiting me. Love all of those women and aspire to be one, some day soon!

  19. Very well put.

  20. Fantastic article! Amazing women to showcase. Favorite part was: “And to the gentlemen reading this be encouraged as well, because living in a world where your sisters, girlfriends, wives, mothers and daughters are equal does nothing to demean your worth. If anything it adds value to your quality of life, because a world where anyone is kept unequal because of the color of their skin, who they love, where they were born or whether they are male or female is not a world which makes anyone’s life better.”

    The only small comment that I didn’t like in this whole article was the “skinny and boring” line… It’s okay to be skinny and equally okay to be curvy — and it certainly isn’t a deciding factor in whether or not you are boring. This coming from, by today’s standards, a curvy girl.

    • You’re so right Kimberly. There is nothing wrong with being skinny, and it certainly doesn’t make you boring by default. I think what I was trying to say was that when all we care about as women is becoming a certain size, we lose what makes us interesting and by default come boring. But you are definitely right, nothing wrong with being skinny. Thanks for point this out.