Celebrate International Women’s Day With Women Who Inspire Us

I grew up knowing that there was a real big difference between a men and a women’s place in the world. It wasn’t about work – I worked just as hard as the men in my family. It was about my place – I was to listen and be guided by the rules that were laid out for me.

I was never too good at listening to that.

My idea of what I could be in life was never driven by the organs inside or what lied between my legs. I knew that I wanted to be something. To be more than I was. I didn’t want to be defined by my boobs and my ass – I wanted to be defined by my brain.

I have never looked at being a female as a bad thing. I know that I am strong, fierce, and there is nothing in the world that I can’t accomplish. I am proud of being a female. I am proud of being a feminist. I am proud of the things that I am passionate about in life. I am proud of the women that have shaped the way for us all.

In honor of International Women’s Day and the release of Jackie on Blu-Ray and DVD, we’re talking about the women that have inspired us (the writers of Fangirlish), driven us, and encouraged us to know that being a woman is an amazing thing. See the women we are talking about in the gallery above, along with two exclusive new stills from Jackie. 

International Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the struggle for women’s rights. Jackie, tells the story of one of the most harrowing events in history as seen through the eyes of one of the most influential women, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

What is it about Jackie that makes her so amazing? We know that she was the First Lady of the United States – where she was the first, First Lady, who hired a press secretary, carefully being able to orchestrate her relationship with the press. She was able to help the perception of “Camelot” and gain allies for her husbands policies. She devoted her time to the preservation of arts and culture. She oversaw the restoration of the White House.

But for me – from the time I was a child, I remember seeing photos of Jackie in her iconic pink suit after the assassination of her husband JFK. Learning about her – she was stoic, full of grace, and never wavered from the things that must be done. She wore the suit, despite people wanting her to change, and to me that always signified a sense of strength. She is one of the first people I can remember looking at and thinking, being a woman does not mean you are weak. You are strong.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis signifies strength, passion, and a woman’s ability to live life on her terms and in their own way. She was not just a style icon, she showed that you could do anything with grace and class. She has always inspired me. She defined an era. She made it known to be heard, you didn’t have to be loud or harsh – you just needed to keep working on what you believe in. At least that is my view.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, pick up Jackie, available now on Blu-ray & DVD.

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