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Monday, May 9, 2011

What Women did/do YOU want to be like?

Who are some of the women that you have wanted to be/be like, at any time in your lives and why?

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  1. The two most influential women in my life are Patti Smith and Sylvia Plath. Both for their genius, their knack for seeing clean through the bullshit, their passion for positive change, their individuality, and for being two true beautiful misfits.

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  2. when i was little i could not think of a single woman that i wanted to be like. i did however think of tons of men. i am not trans, i am a lesbian.

    now i still have trouble coming up with women that i would like to be like. if anyone i guess ellen. i like how she's sucessful, happily married, and vegan.

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  3. My mom. Many of my friends growing up; one encouraged me to start playing soccer, and my first crush inspired me to start writing.

    Mary Shelley.

    Rosa Luxemburg, especially when I was a Marxist.

    Lucy Parsons.

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  4. Carole Lombard

    Dorthy Parker

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  5. I've always had trouble looking up to famous people. I don't feel like I really know them well enough to see them as role models.

    But so many of the women in my real life have been inspirations.

    My maternal grandmother was a Depression survivor and WWII Navy veteran, who was a financially-independent divorcee raising two children alone in the 1950s.

    My mother marched for civil rights in the '60s and against Vietnam in the '70s, went to MIT when women were a tiny minority there, raised me alone until I was a preteen, got her Ph.D. in math while being a single mother, and is now a math professor.

    My stepfather's new wife is a lawyer who, after her boys were grown, stopped practicing law and instead has devoted her time to an organization that helps prostituted women, and is writing a book about the women she works with.

    But if I were to pick a famous woman, it would be Grace Hopper.

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  6. If I could, I'd be more like Echidne of the Snakes. She's so frickin' reasonable even when she's disagreeing with people. It is impossible to have an argument with her, because she just turns everything upside down and starts being REASONABLE again. hmmmmmph

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  7. Joan Jett. Strong, independent and beautiful. She doesn't take crap from anyone and fought her way to te top. He'll yeah.

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  8. Oh man, there's so many. I'm in the music industry, so this may be obvious but Ani Difranco remains a huge inspiration for me. Sh'e so strong, confident and cool- qualities I reckon all woman can have :). And of course Patti Smith, I just read her recent atuobiography "Just Kids" have you read that Dirt? It made me fall in love with her all over again. I guess my greatest female idols are the ones that seem to be beyond "the gender question", they just rock at what they do without labels.

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  9. Virginia Woolf. I've read A Room of One's Own at least 3 times and I'm only 21...plenty of time to read it again ;)

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  10. 8] I'd want to be like Madonna. She's like the epitome of womanness in my mind. I'd also like to do her, but that's a whole different story.

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  11. Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin.
    Especially Rosalind.
    There's two women who just Got The Job Done without caring about anyone else's shit, because what they were doing was more important than who they were.

    BTW, I'm a trans woman. You might be getting an influx of us here shortly :-)

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  12. Gertrude Stein. She had Alice, she had Paris, she had a fascinating, creative life. She and Alice were friends with brilliant artists and writers and lived in a beautiful, art-filled home with a lovely garden. She spent her life in a happy relationship doing what she loved. She was highly individualistic, didn't conform to stereotypes, and was way ahead of her time!

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  13. Sylvia Rivera, revolutionary hero and an inspiration to us all.

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  14. I totally agree with DM.

    Gertrude Stein. Amazing life, great writer and thinker. She led a simple country life for the most part, one which I would really enjoy myself.

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  15. Nichelle Nichols

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