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Sunday, 14 May 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 19

I was supposed to write this yesterday so that it would be up nice and early, as usual, but alas last night I ended up watching Princess Diaries 2 (which btw has to be one of my favourite films ever) and today I've been revising all day for my first exam on Tuesday. So instead I'm bringing you this week's list late in the afternoon but hopefully it will get you all fired up and inspired for the coming week when you hear about the inspiring people I'm about to talk about!

This week's prompt is: "List the people you most want to be like." and I mentioned quite a few of them in last week's post so I'll try and keep it short and sweet here because I genuinely think I could go on about how much I admire them all damn day when, really, you should just go and check them out yourselves if you haven't already. On with the list...

  • My Mum - Ok so you might think that this is super cringe but my Mum has to be my biggest inspiration. I have never met someone who works harder and she has always sacrificed everything to make sure that I have the best opportunities, taught me what's important in life and that I should never apologise for who I am to anyone. I hope that one day I'll be half the incredible woman she is.
  • Michelle Obama - From my Mum to Michelle Obama, now there's two people I never thought I'd see on the same list but it just goes to show you don't have to be as famous as Michelle Obama to make a difference or inspire someone. I feel like I don't even need to begin to explain why Michelle Obama is on this list, she's an incredible human who has done so much for girls' rights everywhere and is such an inspiration. 
  • Emma Gannon - I've read Emma's blog for a couple of years now and have been more and more in awe of her and the work that she does. From her blog to her wonderful podcast to her book to a huge number of other projects she always seems to be working away at, Emma is someone who's taught me that when I graduate I can do anything that I want to if I'm willing to put in the work and that I should never apologise for being a woman who wants a great career and isn't afraid to go after it. Also I met her last month at her podcast recording with the lovely Gemma Cairney and the best thing of all is that she's as amazing in real life - so friendly and easy to talk to, if you're not following her work I don't know what you're doing. 
  • Emma Watson - I love everything that Emma Watson does. Her HeForShe speech at the UN is something I'll never forget because the first time I watched it is probably the first time I understood what feminism is, how important it is and that my voice can make a difference. She's such a great advocate and also she was the *perfect* Belle in Beauty & the Beast so enough said about why I want to be like her.
  • John and Hank Green - John and Hank Green do the most important work. On their Vlogbrothers channel they make some of the most hilarious videos and some of the most educational ones I've ever watched. Hank (I believe) set up CrashCourse, a YouTube channel which makes educational videos that people can watch for free on subjects from English to History to Science (I'm loving their mythology series at the moment!). Every year they run Project For Awesome which raises money for a number of wonderful charities. I could go on and on but I'll stop there. They're a breath of fresh air in what can be an incredibly depressing world. 
  • Jess Phillips - If you don't know, Jess Phillips is currently the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. She used to work for Women's Aid and since becoming an MP has written what looks like an incredibly book (I'm yet to read it but want to asap!), Everywoman, and I just adore everything she stands for. She's a woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind and is doing amazing work. I wouldn't necessarily identify as Labour (or any political party for that matter) but I appreciate and admire the work she's doing so much.
  • Caitlin Moran - How could I write this list and not include Caitlin Moran?! Her work speaks for itself and if you haven't read How to Be A Woman stop whatever you're doing and pick it up now - it's a must.
  • Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton - These two women are incredibly inspiring in their own rights but I wanted to put them together because their podcast, The High Low (formerly the PanDolly Podcast), is my absolute favourite thing. Their discussions range from the intellectual to the, shall we say, slightly less intellectual, but they are all wonderful and incredibly well thought out. They're unafraid to tackle topics that desperately need talking about such as the impact of fame, ethics within the fashion industry and why it's important to shout about things like women, such as Sykes, going against the grain and not taking their husband's surnames (while also acknowledging that you don't have to do so to be a feminist). Aside from The High Low, anything they both write is stunning and I can't recommend it enough.
  • Meg Fee - I've written countless times about how amazing Meg's writing is. She's got a book coming out next year that I cannot wait to get my hands on and, more than being one of the best writers whose work I've ever been blessed enough to come across, she uses her voice for such good and I hope that one day I can write as eloquently as she does about body image, policy and politics, to name a few things she discusses. 

Ok so I have more but I'm going to leave it there because haha do you remember when I wrote that this post was going to be short and sweet? It turns out that once I get going about the people who inspire me and whom I hope to be like one day I can't stop because I get so motivated. I don't know about you but writing this has got me so energised and I think it's so important to not let those who are currently committing such atrocities around the world overshadow those in the public sphere who are using their voices for such good. 

Instead of tearing each other down as so many are in the world at the moment I'd much rather make lists like this and shout about these people so I hope that they inspire you too and remember, as Queen Michelle said herself, "when they go low low, we go high!". 

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