Guest Blog: Female Role Models by Ondo Lady

 In honour of the fabulous beings known as ‘Women’, Ondo Lady has kindly written a guest post to share with you…

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day, and to celebrate the 10 year anniversary, The Guardian published a list of 100 inspiring women.  Amongst them were Oprah, Hilary Clinton, Germaine Greer, Venus Williams and Madonna.  A wide range of women from different ages from a variety of fields.  The timing was ironic in a way because just a few days before I had been having a conversation with my mates about great female role models.  It got very heated as our opinions were quite divided, but it made me sit down and think really hard about what exactly it is that makes a good female role model.

Ok let’s start with a few criterias.  In order to qualify a female role model must fulfil the following requirements:

Excel at their chosen field

Be strong, assertive and confident

Be acknowledged in their own right for using their intelligence, business acumen, sporting prowess

Here are six women who I admire:

Ondo Mama
Well for a start she gave birth to me which is quite a feat in itself. She may be small but she is certainly tough and despite enduring a lot of hardship and heartbreak, she is still standing. One thing I do admire is her ability to forgive others.

Oprah
It is hard not to love Oprah, she has done it all.  In fact Oprah has lived several lives, from rags to riches, from abused to empowered and from wannabe journalist to owning her own media conglomerate.  Add that to a lot of kindness and a bundle of charm and you have an amazing woman.

Oprah Winfrey

Winnie Mandela
Yeah she killed people, I know, but where would Nelson be without Winnie? In jail or dead.  Mrs Mandela’s endless campaigning, determination and fighting spirit kept Nelson Mandela’s name alive and ensures that he was released from jail after 27 years. 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Michelle Obama
Who would have thought we would see a Black lady in the White House and a chocolate sister for that matter?  Not me.  The Princeton and Harvard Law graduate who is a successful lawyer, has charmed everyone’s socks off and has proved to be a real asset to her husband. 

Michelle Obama

Billie Jean King

Now this woman single-handedly changed the face of women tennis by fighting for equal rights for women players.  Billie Jean kicked ass on and off the court. Who can forget the famous ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ match that she had against Bobby Riggs?

Billie-Jean King

Harriet Tubman
This brave lady not only escaped slavery but she made 13 trips to rescue her family and other slaves.  She used the Underground Railroad to get slaves out of the state of Maryland.  She also became involved with the women’s suffrage and travelled round the country to promote their causes.

Harriet Tubman

 

So there you have it, my female role models in a nutshell.  Who are your female role models?

You can read more of Ondo Lady’s musings at: http://themusingsofondolady.blogspot.com

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