Inspiring Women

As you are no doubt aware, March is Women’s History Month. In honor of this, we asked the Sno-Isle Teen Ambassadors to tells us about the woman from history who inspires them, and a great book by or about them. We’d love to hear your answers in the comments, too!


Dani – Lynnwood

She is considerably well-known, but Malala Yousafzai is personally so inspirational to me. If you don’t know her, she’s a 19 year old Pakistani activist who fights for human rights/female education and is the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Malala is only a few years older than I am, so it’s really energizing to see that people as young as her are able to fight for what’s right and change the world.




Jonathan – Lynnwood

Helen Keller is a amazing woman who has inspired me to overcome any obstacle.  A great book that was written by Helen Keller is Optimism Within.  In this book, she reflects on the universal search for happiness.  She discusses that optimism is a common good rather than an individual accomplishment.  Keller also talks about how she was once without hope because of the childhood illness that left her both blind and deaf, but with a few people’s help and her own optimism, she was able to overcome her obstacles.




Avalise – Stanwood

There are many women that inspire me, and I’ve finally settled on one to talk about- Anne Frank. To me, the most eye-opening thing about her life and her beliefs were that after all that she went through, she still said “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” To be so forgiving as she was really does inspire me. If Anne Frank can believe that everyone is good after going through the Holocaust, then I think that I can be more forgiving towards people in my life. I would recommend to anyone that hasn’t already, read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I’ve read parts of it, and it truly is incredible.



Anna – Camano Island

One historic woman who I really admire is Mae Jemison. She became the first African-American woman to go to space, on the Endeavor space shuttle in orbit around Earth. She’s an engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. The 100 Year Starship is a great book that tells a bit about her mission and goals.





Bernadette – Snohomish

The woman I chose to write about for Women’s History Month is none other than Carrie Fisher.  Carrie Fisher is icon for all ages starring in Star Wars A New Hope when she was just 21 years old.  Carrie Fisher has always been on of my biggest icons and her role in Star Wars really taught me that you can be a girl and tell someone what to do without being called “bossy”.  I also just recently read Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher which is a amazing autobiography written by Carrie Fisher about her life and more specifically her mental illnesses.  Even with Carrie Fishers recent passing she will still continue to inspire the lives of many and will always be a amazing female role model for young girls to look up to.



Vaishu – Mill Creek

The historical event/woman that inspires me is Anne Frank and the book that corresponds to her is Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.  Anne Frank’s coming of age story shows the struggle an innocent child went through during one of the world’s most gruesome events, World War II. The amount of courage she had to go through in order to survive and let go of her childhood inspires us all to sacrifice the little things in our life. She makes me realize the importance of the things I take for granted everyday.




Helen – Edmonds

Michelle Obama, the former first lady, is an inspiration to me because she is an icon of the ‘American Dream.’ She came from humble beginnings in suburban Chicago, and overcame challenges in the racially-charged 1980s. Yet, through perseverance and intelligence, Michelle Obama became a Princeton and Harvard graduate, and now has a profound impact on America today. I recommend reading Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin. Although I haven’t read it before, it’s the first comprehensive biography of Michelle Obama’s life, and I’ll probably read it once I get the chance 🙂



Caroline – Mukilteo

I am inspired by Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. Misty was faced with innumerable barriers throughout her career, yet she persisted through all of them to become a groundbreaking role model for little girls everywhere. Last year I had the chance to read her autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and I would greatly encourage others to do the same.




Grace – Monroe

Although Audrey Hepburn was a famous actress in the “Golden Age” of Hollywood (and her movies are phenomenal), that is not why she inspires me. Later in her life, she stopped acting and began to focus on children in need with UNICEF.  As the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, she traveled the world to raise awareness for children in need. Audrey once said, “There is a moral obligation that those who have should give to those who don’t,” and she certainly lived by these words.



Angie – Mukilteo

Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was a powerful monarch, as well as an intriguing woman outside of medieval politics. In addition to ruling England and France, Eleanor established social standards of chivalry and courtly love, which lasted beyond her lifetime. Despite being a woman in a male-dominated world, she rose above the ranks and created a lasting legacy.




Daniela – Camano Island

Elizabeth Jane Cochran wrote under the pseudonym Nellie Bly as a journalist who revolutionized the field of investigative journalism. Nellie Bly’s incredible dedication, determination, passion, and selflessness has continually inspired me to be the best I can be and make change in my own community. The book Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings is an edited compilation of some of Nellie Bly’s extraordinary works and details her remarkable life.



Laura – Mukilteo

Joanne Rowling was told that she should go by J.K. Rowling because her books would be more popular if people thought they had been written by a man. She went from a single mother living on state benefits to becoming the first author to reach billionaire status…then she lost that status due to donating nearly all of her money. She created an entire world as her own world was falling apart. I, as well as many others, are eternally grateful for the mind behind Harry Potter.




Hannah – Brier

Rosa Parks has always been someone I’ve seen as an inspiration, not only just for women but also for the African-American community. She stood up for herself even if it meant she would be arrested or subject to even worse punishment than that. A great book about Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement is The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis.


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