In honor of women’s history month it only makes sense to tell the stories of a couple of heroes when it comes to paving the path and redefining what a woman really is.
Now the person I’m highlighting here definitely isn’t the normal hero type, she was thought of as a professional leader who put others at risk by being a woman. This person is none other than Cleopatra VII. Cleopatra VII is mostly just remembered as the woman who had affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony but Cleopatra VII was so much more. First off, Cleopatra was educated in one of the best libraries in the world with some of the finest scholars. Cleopatra also was known to speak several different languages. She started co-ruling the Egyptian throne when she was just around 18 years old with her brother who was 10 years old leaving her with dealing with most of the official work. She was commanding Egypt’s armies around 21 years old. Cleopatra helped spread good ideas and plans for the future. After she and Caesar met, Caesar went back to Rome and he changed the Roman calendar, and had plans for new projects for rome, including a library for all people. She was a strong leader who brought stability and growth for the people of Egypt.
The next woman who deserves a shoutout would be Emma Watson. Emma has starred in several movies such as the Harry Potter franchise playing Hermione Granger, playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast and many other films, however this amazing actress also has done so amazings things. For instance, Emma Watson is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She has been very vocal about her work in the campaign HeforShe. On September 20, 2014 at the UN nations headquarters in New York Watson gave a speech about the HeforShe campaign. Watson said in her speech, “ If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are—we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.” Emma Watson has also started a international feminist book club on goodreads called Our Shared Shelf (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/179584-our-shared-shelf) , where the goal is to encourage readers to read and have a open discussion of the chosen book. This month the book is Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The club currently has over 185,200 members and growing. Emma Watson can also be seen on her instagram participating in the #iwdoursharedshelf and #oursharedshelf where she goes around hiding books for others to read and learn about, all in efforts to encourage readers. Emma Watson is an exceptional role model for all and would make Hermione Granger herself proud of the woman she is today.