So after writing my first piece a few weeks ago I’ve been thinking a lot about other women who inspire me and I imagine might inspire a lot of other women. Emmeline Pankhurst, Betty Boothroyd, and Rosa Parks all came to mind.
But as it is wedding season and I’ve been invited to attend quite a few this summer, one name keeps springing to mind. Andie McDowell. Now bear with me on this. I know she’s definitely not number 1 on the list of most people’s feminist heroines. But the more I am embarrassingly honest with myself she has definitely been a postive role model for me – at least this summer.
It is Andie McDowell (see Four Weddings and A Funeral) who allows me to enter a church alone thinking I am confident and maybe (?) sophisticated and mysterious. And not just a single woman without a date!
This made me think more seriously about the impact of female images on screen and in popular culture and what impact these have on us women. Even if it is subconsious. How much of how we feel about ourselves is shaped from what we perceive as ‘normal’ or aspirational from the media? After racking my brains trying to come up with some more examples of postivie independent female women from popular culture it was pretty difficult. I’d be interested to know what others think of what impact they think tv and magazine images of women may have on us as a whole and also what women in popular culture you find inspiring?