Does This Hurricane Make Me Look Fat?
If you haven’t heard, there was a surprising report in the weather forecast today. A new study has confirmed that hurricanes with “female” names are not taken as seriously as “male” hurricanes. Therefore, female hurricanes are deadlier because people do not rush out of their homes if “Sally” is coming, but they might if “Sean” is at their doorstep. Putting aside my absolute outrage that they give actual hurricanes women’s names, and they still do not receive the respect they deserve, I had to renew my female fierceness. First, I read this response to the news: Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need to Lean In?
And I cracked up. Then, I compiled the following list of cool (real and fictional) females that are practically subzero. Relax, lean back, and enjoy the wonders of women. Maybe hurricanes need to be named after these dynamic dames for a better fear factor…
Her name means “Moonlight,” but something tells me you wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. Khutulun was a fierce and accomplished warrior in Mongolia during the 13th century. She challenged any suitor to wrestle her for her hand in marriage, but all of her potential husbands simply received an a** kicking. Even when her parents begged her to simply lose the wrestling match so that she could marry, it seems she could not fight off her fighting instincts because she always won.
Whether or not you agree with her lifestyle is of little importance, she is fabulous. She is a class act and a savvy business woman. She re-popularized an entire industry and stands at the forefront of many more, such as lingerie, make-up, modeling, etc. She is also credited with stating my favorite quote:
You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.
I can’t lie; I hate peaches. But I catch your drift, Dita, and I applaud you for it.
8. Nellie Bly
Bly was so committed to her journalism that she intentionally had herself committed. She spent 10 days in a mental institution to expose the horrid conditions of asylums in the 1800s. Thankfully, she made it to the outside to publish her findings.
This fiercesome female on Game of Thrones is firmly deserving of the title, “Dragon Lady.” She suffered greatly in the first season of the show, but it is obvious that she will be gracing our screens for episodes to come. Dany was able to conquer the hearts and minds of her people with swift justice and amazing outfits. Seriously, Khaleesi, can I be queen for a day?
A terrific actress, Bonham Carter has not received any formal acting training. She appears alongside Johnny Depp in many of her films, but she is never upstaged by her hunky co-star. She is also Tim Burton’s muse and simply lives an enviable life.
5. J.K. Rowling
I know, I know, I went for the obvious choice. But the woman captured the hearts of millions and has more money than God, yet she is still able to keep her wits about her. And thank goodness, because she’s got some amazing wit. Click on her name to read her inspiring words of wisdom. You go, Jo.
Yes, Grumpy Cat is a girl! She’s made so many people around the world smile with her sour frown. She will go down in history as the cutest, unhappiest cat that ever lived. Long live, Grumpy Cat!
Julia Collins slid into the second spot for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in engineering (what even!?). Her reign recently ended on the game show, but she is still a trailblazer for smart women everywhere.
No list would be complete without my favorite book of all time, Stargirl. Susan Caraway is a nonconformist youth that renames herself Stargirl. Her message is one of true individuality and self-beauty. I would not be the woman I am today without her.
1. Your Female Family
You need not look far for powerful women in your life. Simply look to your mom, your aunt, your cousin, your sister, your grandmother, your best friend, etc. Any woman can prove to be a positive female influence. Let the love and estrogen flow!
I hope you have educated yourself on some truly phenomenal women that could rival any weather phenomenon. I’m pretty sure people would listen if “Hurricane Khaleesi” was making landfall…
Don’t agree with my list? Submit your own nominations in the comments!