Pop culture has lots of women it likes to hold up as strong role models but often I’m left scratching my head by their suggestions. I’m looking for women who understand their worth and their calling, who are strong enough to fight without vulgarity or violence, and who take the lead by serving others first. If you, too, are disappointed by some of mainstream media’s feminist darlings, I’d like to offer you some suggestions of women from various backgrounds and walks of life who are using their feminine genius do do amazing things.
You may only know Jeannie Gaffigan as comedian Jim Gaffigan’s beautiful, shiite Catholic wife, but she is so much more: a producer, writer, actress, mother of five. A true feminist, Jeannie insists she has not set aside her career but that instead, and much more rewardingly, she and Jim are a creative team. I love that their marriage is open to life and that they have ordered their life God, Family, Work. Lastly: huge amounts of respect for the way that Jeannie keeps her family together, scheduling Jim’s tours for the kids’ school breaks and making the hard decision with Jim to end the popular and successful Jim Gaffigan Show so they could focus on their family. God, Family, Work, and Jeannie for the Win!
Destiny at New Wave Feminists
Destiny is the purple-haired woman who works her tail off spreading the pro-life message through the group New Wave Feminists. You may have heard of them when they were uninvited to the recent Women’s March but armed with her bravery, a passion for helping women, good friends, and some awesome Pro Life Feminists signs she went anyways because she believes profoundly that women and babies deserve better than abortion. A true feminist, Destiny fights to assist women, telling them “You Can,” “You are strong enough,” and “If you need help we are here.” Beautiful.
You know that girl who is super cool but also incredibly kind? That’s Marie. From her amazing sense of style to her self-deprecating sense of humor – she’s one of those women who feels like both an old friend and someone to emulate from the moment you meet her. Add to that her amazing talents as a singer, songwriter, and musician with mad skills on the piano, mandolin, and guitar and she seems too good to be true. But what is really inspiring about Marie is how she has submitted her life to God’s will and continues with her music as a way to honor Him.
Gorgeous movie star, yes, but it’s her other roles in life that have me fangirling over this woman. Blake has made no secret that family and marriage are incredibly important, even speaking to the forever commitment of it by saying of her then-boyfriend, now-spouse Ryan Reynolds, “I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life.” Also, I love when models and actresses help to normalize breastfeeding, like Blake did with this picture she posted of herself on Instagram. Any time a member of Hollywood shows us that a woman’s body is beautiful because of its potential to be life-giving is a good time and I’m grateful to Blake for doing just that.
Over two years ago God whispered in the heart of this Arizona woman, speaking to her longing for sisterhood, beauty, Scripture, and Him. Jenna responded and because she wasn’t afraid to step out of the boat, to dare the improbable if not impossible, to give her self, her time, her gifts, and her connections to God the ministry she founded, Blessed Is She is shaping the world by reaching the hearts of women. Today 20,000 women around the world are subscribed to a daily Scripture-based devotion, almost 26,000 women follow along on Facebook, over 31,000 on Instagram, over 1,000 women have gathered for locally hosted Blessed Brunches, and hundreds have taken part in the monthly online workshops. Trust in God: it’s how mighty women get things done.
I have admired Audrey’s music for several years; she has a powerful, gorgeous voice and writes beautiful, thoughtful songs. But my admiration for Audrey as a person, as a woman, has grown tremendously as she has repeatedly made herself vulnerable. First, by speaking about her past addiction to pornography; later, by opening up about her struggles with scrupulosity and faith; and most recently, by sharing – even in the face of intolerance and bigotry- that she is the daughter of a Syrian refugee. Her compassion for others who are struggling and her expectation that everyone be treated with equal dignity makes her a voice I want to listen to and a leader I want to follow.
Who would you add to the list? What women inspire you to do and be more, to embrace your true worth and dignity as a Daughter of God?
Written by Bonnie E. Find out more about her here.