From what we understand, Valentine’s Day is the leading cause of vision boards and Alanis Morissette during the month of February. It can be a nice opportunity to plan a date night, or ladies night but let’s be real: most of the time it is overhyped, cliché, and regardless of marital status, can make you feel depressed and disappointed. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. You don’t need to nurse your post Valentine’s Day feelings-hangover with mountains of pink and red wrapped sale candy*, or define yourself by this Hallmark Holiday. As an office full of fierce, 20- and 30-something women we are champions of the fearless, independent woman. Today, we salute them. Here are some of the ladies that inspire us:
From head writer on SNL, to actress, to author, to mother, Fey’s list of accolades is seemingly endless. Since her stint as the first female to lead the SNL writing team, she has continued to break gender barriers and bring a feminist voice to the main stream. The message from her success (and of her fictional counterpart Liz Lemon), is that we as women don’t have to choose between career and family life. She blew us away co-hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler and we look forward to seeing her in her first project after 30 Rock, The Nest.
We can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see a young starlet with ambition, modesty and a sense of humour. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress us with her down to earth attitude, and grace under pressure. At only 22, she is a two time Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone and this year’s Silver Linings Playbook and has nailed the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Did we mention she beat Meryl?
While Lena Dunham is probably the newest on the scene as far as these role models go, that is not to say she has had the least impact. In only it’s second season, her much-talked-about Judd Apatow produced HBO show Girls has been nominated for four Emmys, won two Golden Globes and has been lauded as the definitive voice of the young female generation. She has unapologetically helped lead the charge in redefining what it means to be beautiful and feminine in our society in the face of cruel criticisms.
One of the most influential female filmmakers to date, Kathryn Bigelow does not do rom-com fluff. She was the director behind two of the most well-known and hard hitting American war films of our era, The Hurt Locker (for which she was the first female to win the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out ex-husband James Cameron for Avatar. Zing) and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty. She bravely faced criticism and controversy regarding the subject matter of her films and continues to thrive as a woman in notorious “boy’s club”.
It’s not all witchcraft and wizardry for the former Harry Potter actress. Like her character Hermione Granger, throughout the decade long franchise we saw Watson grow from an unknown awkward pre-teen, to a charming and poised young woman. Unlike other starlets who grow up in the spotlight, Watson has kept a firm head on her shoulders and has managed a successful acting and philanthropic career without sacrificing her education.
*You should probably have some sale candy. C’mon, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year.