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08 March 2011 @ 10:23 am
Happy International Women's Day! 100 years + 100 women=100 comments  
Today is International Women's Day, an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in women's rights and acknowledge how much work is left toward the fight for equality.

Since it is IWD's 100th anniversary, I am inviting my flist to celebrate women by leaving a comment with the name of a fictional women from any realm (TV, books, movies, plays, comics, games) who means something to them and an explanation about why you are recognizing her. I had my students do this last night with real women. It was great to see a lot famous women remembered alongside moms and sisters!

So here's the deal: Leave a comment with your fictional women's name in the subject heading and in the comment space, tell us something about her. Feel free to comment as often as you like! One comment per woman! You are welcome to comment on other people's choices. If someone already mentioned your choice(s), try to add someone new. My goal is to get to at least 100 comments with 100 different womens being celebrated.

I will post a complete list of the 100 women mentioned tomorrow. Hey, if we go over 100, that's cool too! I'll get us started!

ETA 12:30 - You guys are awesome! We are 1/4 of the way to 100. Keep it going!

ETA 4:20 - We are up to 50 women! Halfway there. Thank you to everyone who is participating. I learning lots about my flist and the women they love.

ETA 6:40 - We are up to 82 amazing women. Let's bring pull together the last 18. If you are looking for inspiration, the movie gals are under represented.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
elliotsmelliot: BSG Boomerelliotsmelliot on March 8th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sharon Valerii "Boomer", BSG
Because she fought hard after losing everything - her identity, her home, her friends. Because she always took the path of most resistance, just to prove she still had free will.
elliotsmelliot: Book Tree Girlelliotsmelliot on March 8th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Offred, The Handmaid's Tale
Offering reflections on the 'time before' and now, Offred's narration and very existence demonstrates the importance of kindness and dignity in world with very little of either.
elliotsmelliot: Star Wars Leiaelliotsmelliot on March 8th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Princess Leia, Star Wars
Levelheaded. Snarky. Passionate. I grew up wanting to be her. I still do.
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Re: Princess Leia, Star Wars - elliotsmelliot on March 9th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ellin: did the wind sweep you; dw; ten/rosesapphire_child on March 8th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Rose Tyler
A girl from a bad part of London who never finished her A-Levels (and whose biggest life achievement was winning some shitty gymnastics competition when she was six) who not only helped a man utterly shattered by war to heal and learn how to love again...but also stepped up without hesitation time and again to save people - to save the whole world at her own peril. Because it never occured to her that she shouldn't.

"You don't just give up! You don't just let things happen! You make a stand...you say no. You have the guts to do what's right when everyone else just runs away, and I just can't-!"
ozmissage: GG. Lorelai & Rory.ozmissage on March 8th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
She found out she was pregnant when she was sixteen and rather than follow the path her parents set out for her (marriage, living under their roof) she forged her own. She took her daughter and she left on her terms to build a life for them. And not just any life, but a good and happy one. She's a fast talking, coffee loving, pop culture obsessed, stubborn, funny, vibrant woman and a terrific mother.

I think Rory explained it best:

But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend; the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible 18 years I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. Thank you, mom, you are my guidepost for everything.
ozmissage: Lost. Juliet. Ain't typical.ozmissage on March 8th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Juliet Burke, Lost
Because she was forced to rebuild herself from the ground up in order to survive. Because she loved her family. Because she was brilliant and strong and capable. Because she was always on her own, but she never used that as an excuse not to help the people around her.

Because she inspired me at a point when I needed inspiration the most.
...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: annehitlikehammers on March 8th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
Because she was brilliant and headstrong and vibrant and unfettered, and she was dramatic and imaginative and creative and fiery, and joyous and undaunted and emotional and scared and and independent impulsive and driven, and a contradiction in the very best and worst and wonderful ways -- and in being so, all of those things and more, she helped to teach me, when I was very young, that each and every one of those things was a treasure to held close and dear. And she continues to remind me of that, when I am in dire need of being reminded.
elliotsmelliot: Book Kittyelliotsmelliot on March 8th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
Anne is so special to me! She taught me lessons that I will always cherish.
the story girl: tv bookseponine119 on March 8th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
I love this!

Laura Holt, Remington Steele, 1980s feminist. Went to great lengths to succeed in business without a man in a man's world. Huge inspiration to me an other girls and women of the time. And now the show demonstrates just how different the world was, to those of us who weren't old enough to experience that side of it, and how quickly it has changed.

the story girl: X Fileseponine119 on March 8th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
oh yeah I have more
Dana Scully, The X Files. Making science cool. Stronger than hell. Role model!

elliotsmelliot: X Files Scully BBelliotsmelliot on March 9th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: oh yeah I have more
I admire Scully so much!
the story girl: FNL: Tamieponine119 on March 8th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights. She is the glue that holds her family together, and she has struggled to work and raise her family. And she cares a lot about furthering the kids she works with in the local high school, especially the girls who might not have other opportunities or role models for success.

I should do some books ones. But that's enough from me. The thing in thinking about this that is depressing me is how many of these TV shows had limited female input in terms of writing and directing.
sad side of normal: FNL: Mr. and Mrs. Coach are lovefosfomifira on March 8th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love Tami. I love how the show has portrayed her love for her family and her job, like they're both just as important to her in their own way.
Shona: dollhouse - blue skiestoestastegood on March 8th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Faith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
With a hard life, she never had the advantages that Buffy did - and she suffered because of it, morally and physically. Watching her journal through the wild darkness was more than a little bit on the heartbreaking side, but she comes out on the other side just as strong and kick-ass as ever.
Waiter waiter percolator: [BtVS] FaithNoMorecrowgirl13 on March 8th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Faith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Faith lovers represent!

Out of all the redemption stories in Buffyverse, Faith's is my favorite.
just the god of everything else: Olivia: hoodprimarycolors92 on March 8th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
Olivia Dunham, Fringe
Because she saves her own life over and over again, because she knows no one can do it for her, and because she inspires me to do the same.
Shona: fringe - charlie+olivia (you're gonna betoestastegood on March 8th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Olivia Dunham, Fringe
So much word! Olivia is amazing.
...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: lizzydarcyhitlikehammers on March 8th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice
Because she's in charge of her own life, her own revelations, her own choices and her own dreams, and she's witty and real and brilliant in the process.
alemyrddin: alemyrddinalemyrddin on March 8th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice
oh, I love her so much!
And I respect and admire her a lot (and Jane Austen as well - I've read somewhere she wasn't much different, despite having a much different life), even when she's being stubborn just for the sake of it! ;)
just the god of everything else: Eden: sunglassesprimarycolors92 on March 8th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Britta Perry, Community
Because she is fierce and funny and flawed, because she cares so much even when she's alone in her causes, because with everything she says and does she reminds me to speak up in my own voice.
elliotsmelliot: Community Brittaelliotsmelliot on March 9th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Britta Perry, Community
Go Britta!
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the female ghost of tom joad: lotr eowynjanie_tangerine on March 8th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Lady Eowyn, Lord of the Rings
So much WORD to this. She was actually one of my choices. ♥