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With the launch of Fast-Forward Girls 2015, we’re celebrating today’s role models and the generation of girls they’ve inspired – the girls who have broken the mold, blazed a trail, and made it happen. These ten women in politics, entertainment, sport, and STEM are the leading ladies that we all hope to grow up to be, proving that anything is possible.
Watch our newest video below and share with your little one to help us celebrate this year in girl power – because #ShesWorthIt.
Amy Schumer’s (#iLookLikeAComedian) Inside Amy Schumer picked up steam on Comedy Central two years ago, but in 2015, Schumer’s “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup” sketch went viral. Over 4.1 million people have watched Schumer get ridiculed by a fake boy band. “You’ll be the hottest girl in the nation with just a touch of foundation!” they crooned, handing her brushes and powders and polishes. In the end, the sketch highlights how comfortable society is with the roles that women play. Schumer, though, isn’t.
“….human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.”
In 2015, Hillary Clinton (#iLookLikeAPresident) made the announcement: Her historic presidential run had finally begun. From the First Lady of Arkansas to White House hopeful, it’s arguable that Clinton has gotten closer to the Oval Office than any other woman in our nation’s history. Hillary is played by RadioJH Audrey.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (#iLookLikeAJustice) led the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same sex marriage, and on June 26th, it was official: #LoveWins. Justice Ginsburg has long been outspoken in her support of same sex couples, and after 12 years on the most important bench in America, she cast a deciding vote in a 5-4 decision to allow same sex couples to marry. And not only is she an instrumental policymaker, but at age 82, she’s a cultural icon – every year, girls young and old don the robe as a tribute on Halloween, proving that RBG is truly notorious. RBG is played by Jillian of EvanTube.
What advice would you give to your 7-year-old self? “Don’t ever limit yourself, or let anyone put you in a box. You can do what ever you set your mind out to do as long as you don’t allow yourself to get discouraged.”
Isis Anchalee (#iLookLikeAnEngineer) looks like an engineer… because she is an engineer. When a picture of her that was featured in a recruiting campaign around San Francisco was criticized for being “too sexy” and “unrealistic,” Anchalee launched the #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign. Men and women all across the globe contributed pictures and testimonials to help Anchalee expand the “definition” of an engineer. She proved that there’s only one qualification for looking like an engineer: that you are one. Isis is played by Bratayley.
“Who run the world? Girls.”
Beyonce (#iLookLikeAnEntrepreneur) and Nicki Minaj (#iLookLikeASuperstar) are two of the biggest players in the game, and in 2015, they teamed up for a music video full of french fries and faux fur: “Feeling Myself” dropped in May, and the internet basically exploded. Bey is the CEO of Parkwood Entertainment, which produces many of her videos and concert specials and allows her to control her own destiny. And not to be outdone, Nicki is the female rapper with the most top ten hits (12), most Billboard charted tracks (66), and has sold 3.4 million records in the US to date.
What advice would you give your 7-year-old self? “No matter what, keep your belief that you can do anything. You are special, and what you are capable of is bigger than even you know. Let nothing stop you, not your size or your gender. You can literally take on the big boys.”
When Jen Welter (#iLookLikeAnNFLCoach) signed a contract to become the assistant coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp, she became the first female coach in the National Football League. In this landmark moment, this wasn’t Welter’s first first – it was the third time that she made history as a woman in football. In 2014, Welter was named linebackers and special teams coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution, and had been named to their roster before that, making her the first female coach and first female running back in the IFL. Jen is played by Sam Gordon.
When Viola Davis (#iLookLikeAnEmmyWinner) won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, she reminded the world, in the plainest language possible, that what she had accomplished was enormous: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” Davis is the first African American to take home the award, and her historic speech gave women and girls of color across the nation a powerful voice.
“I’m 5’2”. I started when I was 13. I’m black. But I’ve made it happen. I’m very lucky to be where I am… it’s possible.”
Misty Copeland’s (#iLookLikeAPrincipalBallerina) ballet career didn’t begin in the traditional way: She began her practice at age 13, long after many professionals say that learning the craft is physically impossible. Even so, in 2015, Copeland proved that it could be done when the American Ballet Theatre named her its first female principal dancer of color. In this same year, Copeland also made her Broadway debut, stopped by a litany of late night shows, and was featured in her first documentary. She just recently announced that she’s working on her third book, and her grace both on and off the bar make her the star of any show. Misty is played by Heaven King.
What advice would you give your 7-year-old self? “Embrace physical fitness and nutrition more! Period, end of sentence.”
Abby Wambach’s (#iLookLikeAWorldChampion) accomplishments could fill an encyclopedia, but in 2015, she ended her storied career with an exclamation point: Over the summer, Wambach led the US Women’s National Team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup championship in Canada by beating Japan in the final match. She retired after the tournament as the world record holder for international goals scored with 184 – and that’s amongst men and women alike. Abby is played by Flippin’ Katie.