Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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On this day in 1920 the 19th Ammendment was added to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. And in honor of that momentous occasion, today has been named Women’s Equality Day. We have come a mighty long way since the days before women’s suffrage. We have women dominating in arenas that formerly were dude-only territory: sports, politics, and even entertainment (remember learning about the times when men played women in Shakespearean plays?).

Despite our amazing advances, there are still those few women who just don’t really seem to be helping the cause. In fact, they might just be ruining it for the rest of us. Let’s face it, society today has become media obsessed and some (not all) of the women dominating the spotlight nowadays may be taking us a few steps back. What happened to the positive female role models of the past?

Here’s what I mean:

Grace Kelly vs. Heidi Montag

Grace Kelly was an American actress turned Princess of Monaco. She was the embodiment of class and style. Today we have Heidi Montag. Not to say there aren’t other celebs who may come close to Grace Kelly’s overall awesomeness, but Mrs. Pratt puts a damper on women today. Aside from Heidi’s lack of talent, I doubt you’d ever see Princess Grace rolling on the beach in a bikini lip syncing to her latest (notsomuch) hit and being filmed by Prince Rainier.

Jackie O vs. Megan Fox

The Kennedy’s were a form of American royalty back in the day. Jacqueline Kennedy was the “it” girl during, and even after, her husband’s time in office. She had timeless style and always handled things with poise and class, be it her husband’s alleged affair or his untimely death. Jackie was an educated woman who was well-spoken and intellectual, not to mention beautiful. She proved once and for all that it was possible to have beauty and brains, but that theory is being challenged by the one and only, Megan Fox.

Jackie O was once quoted saying, “What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown – watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?”
Megan, however, has said this about women: “I come across as confident and [women] assume that means that I think I’m hot sh*t. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me.” Right.

Audrey Hepburn Vs. Miley Cyrus

Audrey Hepburn. Just another style icon in American history whose movies have become classics. The woman is beautiful, well-spoken, and forward thinking. Now there is a true role model. Miley, however, is just annoying. She’s got hits with Hannah Montana and some pretty decent songs. I love “The Climb,” and I sing it out loud in my car, but what does a 16-year-old girl know about moving mountains? And, when your demographic is 9-year-old girls, what kind of message are you sending when you grind up next to a stripper pole?

Princess Diana vs. Paris Hilton

Princess Di is timeless. The poor woman went through hell with the royal family, but held herself together in a sophisticated manner. And if we even try to go into her list of humanitarian work, we’d be here forever. While Paris Hilton has been referred to as “American royalty,” um, she’s not. I know she said she wants to be like Princess Di in that lovely documentary she did for more publicity to get people to know the real her, but, seriously Paris, you don’t even come close.



    1. Casey says:

      I just wanted to point out that all of your "counterparts" to those great women are hypersexualized icons. There biggest claims to fame and their biggest downfalls are the fact that they are so sexualized in the media. Makes you wonder just how much this "liberated mindset" is helping our cause. Just something to think about.

    2. freemenow says:

      Wow- I am so proud of this author- way to go- you hit the nail right on the head. I would love to quote you – in fact i will. thanks you – I would love to know who you are?

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    3. You go, girl. You've discovered the secret of women's innate, eternal equality with men – something to celebrate, indeed. But here we are, giving away our power. Not knowing it ourselves, emulating men.

      As for the 1920's, it was not the right to vote that liberated women; it was a little gold gadget called a pessary. It's now made of plastic and called an IUD.

    4. WorkItBerk says:

      YAY! These ladies are so fabulous!

    5. Positively Present says:

      Awesome post, Mandy! I had no idea today was Women's Equality Day but I'm always happy to celebrate that concept. I really enjoyed this post. Keep writing more awesome posts like this one!:)

    6. Liz says:

      When I was in fifth grade, we had to do a a silly little "research" paper on someone famous. I chose Grace Kelly. Our tiny little local library only had one book on her. I learned one thing from that book: Grace Kelly was a huge slut.

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    8. Amy says:

      Three out of the four women you listed are only famous because they married famous men…not exactly icons of equality if you ask me. You should have featured women who changed the world on their own terms, without the assistance of a powerful husband…women who exhibited intelligence and perseverance (which I'd consider more important than "grace" and "class").

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