I’m a bad girl.
Some would agree with that.
I’ve been known as the partier. The one who curses like a sailor. The bitch. The cheater. The slut. I never met my curfew and always talked back. There are things I’ve done that I can’t put in this blog post.
But your definition of a bad girl is a lot different than mine.
My mom got me this book for my birthday titled Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen. My mom’s handwritten note inside said, “Happy 28th birthday, Laine. Maybe one day you will be on the cover of these pages.”
You see, my mom’s definition of the word “bad” is also different than yours. She believes I can make a difference by being a bad woman.
The revolutionary women featured in this book…
“Challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed.”
Cleopatra, ruler of men
Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist
Joan Jett, godmother of punk
Josephine Baker, showgirl, activist, and spy
Marie Antoinette, teen fashion idol
Just to name a few.
Some of these women were young when they made their mark. Others were nearly in their 70s.
At any point in time in our lives, we can make an impact. Most of the time, we don’t even realize we’re helping change history at all.
As a woman, I admire, not only the women listed in this book, but also women like my mother, Kris’ mother, and my grandmother. None of these women took shit from anyone. They were/are opinionated, outspoken, honest, credible, bad women.
Bad women are all around us. It just depends on your definition of the word.
PS: You should consider buying this book for a young woman in your life—a woman that challenges the status quo.