It’s the twenty-first century and women have made strides regarding equality and raising awareness about how capable and inspiring they are in society. This creates a more positive environment for strong women in the world, allowing for women to be heard in ways that seemed impossible in years past. However, there are some opponents on either end of the feminist spectrum forcing not only women, but human beings, into being with them or against them. That is not how we should approach this; we should encourage each person to contribute to their community in the best way possible and to follow your moral compass.
The public perception of feminism can be extreme, which can be sort of frightening to some. The idea that a woman is either home in the kitchen or working fifty hour work week protesting the patriarchy is laughable. The homemaker is not betraying the feminist ideals. We should not condemn one person, but rather give them the tools to make an educated decision so they can find their own happiness. Help each other, don’t fight each other.
Recently, I have been indulging in quite a bit of movie and television watching (or Netflixing). That’s nothing new or interesting, but I have noticed a trend in my watching habits. I am drawn to a particular genre of film and show. Netflix has deemed this category as “Shows with a Strong Female Lead”. Shows like Ally McBeal, Supergirl, Agent Carter, Jane the Virgin, and Veronica Mars grab my attention me because I can identify with the lead character so much. I have been deemed a hopeless romantic like Ally McBeal, genuinely believe in the goodness in people like Supergirl, know my value like Peggy Carter, maintain my faith (both in love and in religion) like Jane Villanueva, and of course am the dogged journalist (in high school at least) like Veronica Mars. I encourage everyone to find an awesome set of shows that have a cast that is both relatable and inspiring.
The movie industry is slowly taking woman and taking them from damsels in distress and making them into heroines who may/may not have romantic ventures. THIS IS FANTASTIC. I am a twenty-one year old woman and I have already chosen Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to be my Halloween costume for next year (it’s January). WHO SAYS HAVING A HEROINE WON’T MAKE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE? Also, after years of who knows what, the Wonder Woman film has finally been greenlit. I am absolutely giddy that Wonder Woman is finally going to make her movie debut. Wonder Woman is THE American feminist icon. We are ready.
After having all of these great moments of excitement and being able to identify with these strong, independent women (who may or may not need a man) I have seen how important media representation is for not only young girls, but for all human beings, everywhere.
Chelsea Bolt is a Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites: