female role models to inspire women

Female Role Models

Last Wednesday was International Women’s day. Women, Men and Children marched on the streets all over the world. It was a day where many women striked in protest to the economic inequality, prejudice and insecurity faced by women in the workplace. In Ireland there was also a focus on striking to repeal the 8th ( if you want to know more about that total injustice to women I already wrote a post on that HERE). While I myself wasn’t able to take part in the march because I’m fortunate enough to have a right to education but unfortunate to have an exam and team project deadline that same day. But I felt very proud to see the turn out of people in support of these basic human rights. Now that International Women’s Day is gone, I think it is important to remember that the inequality that was here a week ago hasn’t disappeared with one march. We must still  protest inequality and support human rights for men AND women!

There are many people out there who inspire me to do better. I guess you could call them role models. I know there are a lot of pros and cons to having role models and I myself agree with both sides of the argument. These role models that I have aren’t people I worship like a God but they are just people who I admire and do things that I agree with. When I hear a speech from Emma Watson campaigning for equality I am reminded of the social injustice in the world and she inspires me to do more, to be grateful for what I have and to want a change in the world. Likewise when I see a post on instagram from Sarah Tyrell about body shaming and loving who you are, I feel more comfortable in my own skin and it makes me stop and think about judging people for how the look and what they wear. These women are people I want in my world. I think if everyone was a bit more like them then it would be a happier place.

Role Model: Emma Watson

Emma has been a role model of mine ever since I was 7 and started watching Harry Potter. Even though it was Hermione who I was looking up to back then, Emma isn’t all that different from her character.

She shows me you can be whoever and whatever you want to be. She lets me know that being smart is a good thing and to never dumb yourself down for anyone. Emma fights for equality and gives hugely inspiring speeches. She accepts not being perfect and doesn’t follow the crowd. She is strong and fierce.

Emma Watson is someone I greatly admire.

“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals”

Role Model: Louise O’Neill

Louise O’Neill is the author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It. I first heard of her when she came to one of those festivals in Cork, it was probably the world book one. So I picked up a copy of Asking For It and was absolutely blown away by the book. I had never read a more relevant or horrible story. It sparked a rage within me to take more notice, to stand up for what I believe in, to fight against this rape culture. Because no one is EVER asking for it.

While her book had such an impact on me, I took an interest in Louise herself by following her on twitter and instagram and reading her articles in the paper. While I find her writings inspiring, it is the trolling comments on her pieces that ignite my anger at civilisation. How can people be so bloody ignorant? But none of this hate stops her and she continues to fight for justice and equality.
I’m very much looking forward to her new book.

Role Model: Scarlett Curtis

The first time I heard of Scarlett Curtis was during English Class in 2012. My teacher Ms. Foley was talking about blogs and specifically Scarlett’s blog Teen Granny. She suggested blogging as a way to improve essay writing and practise for the Leaving Cert exams. I wasn’t a great English Student, much preferring maths and art, so I decided I better look into it for the sake of my future.

Surprisingly I was enthralled with Scarlett’s blog because of my love for baking, knitting and crafting. Now it’s 5 years on and I’m still blogging! So Scarlett is one of my role models because she inspired me to pursue something I love. She made baking, reading and knitting seem cool when at a time I was easily persuaded by peers and social media. Today she is still an inspiration as a blogger, activist, feminist, writer and girl. I follow her on twitter and instagram where she promotes equality, fashion and basically all things pink.

Just a couple  of weeks ago I tweeted a blog post as I sometimes do when I’m being organised. Not long after, Scarlett actually replied and followed me on twitter!! *dances around room* I was absolutely  thrilled. It means so much when one of your role models acknowledges your existence.

Role Model: Sarah Tyrell

It was only a couple of weeks ago when I accidentally stumbled across Sarah Tyrell’s instagram. I think Sarah is a hugely inspiring woman and so so brave.

For a girl whose struggled with body image and confidence all of my life, I felt very compelled by Sarah’s blog. She posts pictures of herself on instagram and shows others that we shouldn’t be ashamed of our own bodies because of how we look. Most people don’t have that “perfect body” that is thrown in our faces by photoshopped magazines and advertising.

In her blog she talks about positivity and overcoming the pressure put on us by peers, social media and even ourselves. I think her message is so important and every person should hear what she has to say. It comes from her own experience so she knows exactly what she is talking about it. I wish I was as brave as her.

“One thing I’ve learned is that beauty isn’t really visual. It’s not something we can see. It’s not something that can be bought, or applied, or created using products. It’s also not really something we can strive for either. It’s something that’s already there, hidden, hurried deep down inside of each of us under a pile of bullshit expectations, rules, false beliefs, and fear. It’s in there, desperately struggling to get out. And the thing is, even when you understand this and make the choice to let it out, you can’t simply reach in and drag it out, through all of the clutter that’s piled up and around it. It’s not that easy”

*Disclaimer: none of these pictures are mine. If you are unhappy with me using them and want me to remove them then contact me and I will do so.

What is your opinion of Role Models? Who do you look up to?
Always, M



  • Steph Spying March 13, 2017 at 7:46 am


    I think it's so incredibly important to voice a causes that you believe in. Women's Day aptly gives us a day to celebrate this cause; powerful, worldly figures called women.

    It's great that your post educates others on empowering women doing good for both themselves and their world. We need more people to encourage each other.

    My mom and my older sister are definitely women that I look up to for their strength, kindness and perseverance. We need role models, to believe that we can be better and to be inspired.


  • Cait @ Paper Fury March 13, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Oh Emma Watson is AMAZING and I absolutely look up to her too!! She's so inspiring always. <3 And I also love Lousie O'Neill's book Only Ever Yours, although it completely haunted me for ages afterwards…but it was supposed to, right?! I need to read her other one still! And omg I have so many women I look up to, but particularly VE Schwab. Because she just writes so much and struggles with anxiety but like doesn't let it stop her and jafkdsla she's amazing. I also really look up to Maggie Stiefvater and Angie Thomas!

  • Marian March 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thank You Steph!
    We definitely do need more inspiring people to encourage each other. You won't be motivated everyday and sometimes we just need to see a little good to remind us to keep going.
    Having role models so close to you and in your family is wonderful! It's even nicer than looking up to people who are famous as you really know who they are and probably feel a much stronger connection to them.
    Thanks for stopping by Steph! ^_^

  • Marian March 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I have to agree <3 I actually haven't read it yet. I did buy it but ended up giving it as a present to someone. Her books certainly leave their mark. I have never heard of Victoria Schwab but I think it's great that you find role models in these women. Not sure who "jafkdsla" is and the google isn't very helpful I'm afraid. But Maggie Stiefvater. I do love and I'm not surprised that you look up to her so much. I think she is 50% of your twitter. ^_^

  • Cília CC March 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    It's nice to know your role models! From your list, I only know Emma, who I think it's a good person, know I'm going to learn about the others!
    It was very cool that your teacher encorage you to blog, and then your idol replyed you at Twitter, it's like a dream!

  • Marian March 16, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Thank you! Yes, Emma is definitely a person to look up to.
    Yeah, but at the time I didn't realise what a big impact it would have in my life. I KNOW!!! I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!! ^_^
    Thanks for stopping by Cilia!


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