Women’s History Month: Two Women Who Inspired Me Broke the “Rules”
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re writing about the women who spurred us on. My childhood idols are Pink and author Francesca Lia Block.
Growing up in a smallish town in northern California, it wasn’t exactly easy to color outside the lines without someone throwing a fit.
Elementary school had its up and downs but everyone mainly permitted me to march to my own beat … and then I left the safe haven of Cherry Valley and entered junior high. As I wrote about in a previous article, harassment came at me like a sack of bricks. I was the “weird girl” that “dressed funny” and who more than likely (in their minds) was a “lesbo.”
I won’t get into it all over again but let’s just say my teen years were off to a rough start.
When Pink’s unapologetic sophomore album M!ssundaztood came out, I was smack dab in the middle of seventh grade (AKA My Own Personal Hell). Suddenly, as if an invisible veil had been lifted, kids from every social circle (except for two unshakeable bullies) wanted to be my friend. I still remember the day when one of the most popular girls in the school came up to me and said, “Have you seen Pink’s new video, ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’? She is so cool! You remind me of her.”
The singer, who is about to give birth to her first baby (I feel so old!), will always be one of my favorite people. I admire Pink not only for her incredible voice and independent attitude, but also for the fact that she made me feel as though I could do or be anything I wanted. What’s more, she reminded me that there is a whole world out there full of “quirky” people who will love and accept me for me.
I am so thankful that someone like Pink was able to make it big. Young girls need a strong, fearless female to look up to. She inspired me to keep doing my own thing, to give myself a style makeover every couple of years, and to laugh in the face of harsh judgment.
You rock, Pink!
Now, on to the woman who gave my creative juices a powerful jolt…