Get Inspired
Kristin Booker • March 14, 2012

Daily Reflection: Get Inspired by MAKERS on AOL

When I think of all the astounding things women have done throughout history, it truly rouses the deepest feelings of pride in my soul. It’s so clear to me the struggles that other women have endured so that we ladies today can enjoy the rights to which we’re much entitled.

It’s why when we’re lazy about these rights or stoop to unintelligent and demeaning behavior (i.e. reality television, bullying, etc.) it makes me so angry I want to scream.

This is why I’m elevating a project that’s live on AOL right this second: MAKERS. A incredible wealth of knowledge and love, it features video interviews with some of the most groundbreaking American women in recent history. It’s sponsored by Simple Skincare, for which I’m a Brand Ambassador. This post isn’t part of my series for the brand, it’s just filled with inspiring things I want you to see.

Instead of turning to YouTube or other distractions today, how about spending some time with people who will inspire you to be great? Here are some examples of my own personal heroes. Let’s start with Carol Burnett, the first woman to host a variety show on television. She’s one of my greatest inspirations.

Then let’s talk about Judy Blume, best-selling author who published the pre-teen book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret in 1970 and went on to become a publishing phenomenon. She broke ground by writing about women’s sexuality, brave stuff back in the 70’s and 80’s. Another personal hero I hope to meet someday.

How about Ellen DeGeneres, ground-breaking comedian who came out on national tv and created the first openly gay character ever on the tube? Be inspired to be who you are. She inspires me.

There are so many videos to peruse, but here’s one more of my personal heroes I hope inspires you: Faith Ringgold. An artist and activist who fought to get African-American and women’s art shown in major galleries. As an art student, she was one of my greatest inspirations.

Peruse the MAKERS site and get inspired. There are so many amazing women on there: Billie Jean King, Katie Couric, Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, Diane Von Furstenberg, etc. There are also women you might not know: Maria Pepe (the first girl on a Little League team,) Marissa Meyer (first female engineer at Google), Theresa Kane (the nun who took on the Pope), Katherine Switzer (the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.)

Don’t just go out there today and be good…

Be great.




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