Did you hear? The United Nations has named Wonder Woman as an ambassador for women. There’s been some uproar over this and criticism of the UN. I am not going to criticize the UN, as I thought I could use my time more wisely.
Here’s a list of women who I think are pretty terrific. I am sure some of my choices (or at least one) will be controversial. (But, hey you need at least one, right?)
1) Maya Angelou – she’s written a wonderful poem called Phenomenal Woman. A verse from the poem reads,
Read the full poem here:
2) Dr. Roberta Bondar – Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. This woman has more letters after her name than anyone I’ve ever known –
OC OOnt FRCPC FRSC
3) Mother Teresa – need I say more? Maybe I should. I would encourage us to read,
No Greater Love. Women’s Magazine said, “No Greater Love is a passionate testament to Mother Teresa’s deep hope and abiding faith in God and the world….Through her own words, this book celebrates the life and work of one of the great humanitarians of our time.”
4) Buffy St. Marie – I recently had the opportunity to see her perform. Born February 20, 1941, she’s 75 and still going strong, speaking out on what she believes in. Take a listen to her song, Universal Soldier, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYEsFQ_gt7c
5) Madonna – I warned you! I have loved Madonna since I was in Grade 3. One verse of Holiday, and I was hooked. She’s strong, smart and seems to be very much in control of her own career. With all the pressure and negative things the media ALWAYS says about her, she has stayed the course. The woman is disciplined, and I think must be a woman of strong faith.
See the official video for Holiday, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rswx2Z7SDw
6) Audrey Hepburn – I was going to write a blog about her alone, but decided she needed to be on this list. I recently read a quote by Ms. Hepburn that exemplifies why she’s terrific! She said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.” Don’t you just love this woman to bits???
7) Mrs. Balderston – My grade 8 teacher. When Mrs. Balderston learned that I wanted to be a director, she gave me the opportunity to direct a school play. I even got to leave class to go to rehearsal. (I didn’t become a director (at least not yet), but she helped and encouraged me.) And for that I am thankful and believe she gets to be on the list.
8) Mrs. El-Y-Ari (really not spelling that one right) – She was the school receptionist/secretary/assistant, who let a couple of us girls go into the office in the morning and answer the phones. FUN! By grade three we were pretty proficient at using the PA System, taking messages, forwarding calls. Loved Mrs. El-Y-Ari!!
9) And, no list would be complete without my Mom! The woman gave birth to me and has loved me unconditionally ever since. She’s always proud of me and cheers me on, telling me I can do anything I set my mind to. She tells me I’m smart, beautiful and a wonderful daughter. Sometimes, I do not feel so worthy of all this praise. I know I’m blessed to have a good mom.
10) I also have to mention to my grandmothers, Audrey and Rose. Two very different woman, who also had a great influence on my character and development. I’m cheeky like Audrey and gentle like Rose. 🙂 These women had such a strong faith in God, that they surely passed that faith onto me.
I would love for you to share your stories of women who have made a difference in your life, professionally, personally, spiritually. – For real – That’s why it’s in bold!
And, don’t forget to thank a Phenomenal Woman in your life today.