Thank goodness I don’t have a girl to raise. In trying to think of personal female heroes, I came up distressingly blank. There are plenty of female music artists I adore (Patti Griffin, Freakwater, Michelle Shocked, Neko Case), but I don’t aspire to be like them. Googling around for ideas, the only lists out there for today’s young women are movie stars or TV people. What’s up with that?
I suppose my own female role models are more local. My independent female relatives top the list: Betsy, Elizabeth, my mom, Little Miriam, Lela Bland, even my buttheaded sister. Plus my fun friends who live they way they want, norms be damned, or keep it all together with work, health, aging parents and a happy face for their kids.
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