Our parents’ generation seems oddly distant considering how close we are to them; many of the women who raised us did not have (and perhaps did not seek) the same opportunities that we have today, leaving us very little guidance in deciding the kind of women we’d like to grow into. Men have become the minority in U.S. colleges today (8.7 million men versus 11.2 million women) and 57% of women worked outside of the home in 2016 compared to the 33.9% in 1950 and 43.3% in 1970. In other words, it’s clear that times are changing, as is the female typecast, but what does the modern woman actually look like?
The modern woman is confident, independent, and nonconforming. She relies deeply on herself while managing to be a leader for others. The modern woman remembers those who came before her—the original modern women. She honors the voices of Maya Angelou, Jayaben Desai, Margaret Thatcher, Wangaari Mathaai… the list goes on. And even when feeling voiceless, she remembers that there are other women out there fighting for her to be heard. But above all, the modern woman fights for the voiceless to be heard. Just this week, we witnessed 121 modern women making history in the United States’ midterm elections; 100 women were elected to the House, 12 women were elected to the Senate, and 9 women will serve as governor. Check out our list of firsts below. These are what modern women look like:
- Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress.
- Ayanna Pressley became the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim American women elected to Congress.
- Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first two Latinas elected to Congress from Texas.
- Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected Senator from Tennessee.
- Janet Mills became the first woman elected governor of Maine.
- Michelle Lujan Grisham became the first Democratic Latina elected governor in the United States.
- Kristi Noem became the first woman elected governor of South Dakota.
Every woman has an expectation to fulfill: wife, seductress, mother, housekeeper, daughter, muse... the list goes on. But these 121 women are living proof that those labels do not have to be worn because the modern woman is whoever the hell she wants to be. She is fearless. She looks like Beyonce, Rupi Kaur, Michelle Obama, Laverne Cox, Lady Gaga, Halsey, Nikita Gill, Ruby Rose. She looks like The Silence Breakers. She looks like you.
THIS IS A LOVE SONG gives a special thank you and a round of applause to all of the modern women!