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

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002930647489 Sarrah Anne Crow

    One of the best things I’ve read in awhile! The end of it made me tear up a little but don’t worry because they were happy tears! :’) If you were wondering I DO feel inspired. <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      Yes! Mission accomplished!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=854330156 Katie Baker

    Okay, not to be mean but Amy Poehler and Tina Fey deserve their own spots and Taylor Swift and Adele can share (if you put them on there at all). Love everyone else on the list though! Michele Obamz is the best First Lady we’ve had in a long time. Hil, is the bomb. I never liked her before she became Secretary, but she has done wonders for the State Department. I love Tina and Amy… this is a good list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652421693 Amalia Pantazi

    So much girl power channeling through me right now!! 😀
    Nice one, Ashley! x

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      Thanks Amalia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=76904243 Kimberly Proza

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=199306166 Ashley Lane-Guevara

    Very well put.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742890031 Krystyne Nichole Brown

    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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      Thanks for the love Krystyne! Glad we share our #girlpower.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720021059 Carlos Alberto Rj

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      I’ll have to make a part two which includes Zooey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000590058141 Alex Skye Rivera

    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 :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      Good points Alex, glad you enjoyed reading despite the preaching :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635061473 Erin Radler

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=103400221 Tori Bryant

    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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849355295 Sarah Broadaway

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23216640 Amy Danielle

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747100427 Marlana Moore

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=772751928 Romi Viola

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729745421 Malee Moua

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25516364 Danielli Alejos Oliver

    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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001080101032 Robert Healy

    LATER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=883035330 Michael Chambers

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511599023 Madison Danielle DuPree

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

    Great post!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657726726 Ashley Perez

      Haha, pun not intended, but hilarious find nonetheless. Love it, period.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000486972927 Pauline de Groot

    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?

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