10 Women Badder Than Taylor Swift

10 Women Badder Than Taylor Swift

I’m waiting for the day she gives back to society and does something worth noting in history.

Earlier this week, there was a trending Tweet with the caption “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift.” The results were unreal. People completely shut the feed down by talking about all sorts of women who were much more influential, much more inspiring, and much more credible than Taylor herself.

The best part? A majority of these examples weren’t of the famous people we usually hear about, but rather people they actually knew who did something inspiring without any credit or recognition for it.

This really made me think about all of the women in there who have empowered women while contributing to our history of pop culture and our society as a whole.

Let me clarify something here. I am a mediocre fan of Taylor Swift. I wouldn’t say I love her and worship the ground she walks on, but I also wouldn’t make her my first pick of people to sacrifice if there were to be an alien invasion.

I think she’s pretty hypocritical in the way that she asks for respect from men but can’t dish it back out when a boy forgets to respond to her via text. I also think she degrades women by singing things such as “she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress,” or getting upset over a fellow colleague who hired one of her former dancers as their own.

There are many positive qualities that Taylor Swift has, but I think the world needs to take a step back and realize a good song does not mean she deserves a monument to her.

Let’s take a look at a list of women who should be praised more than Taylor.

1. Joan of Arc

Growing up in a peasant family, Joan of Arc was 17 years old when she led the French to their victory at Orleans against the English. At age 19, she was then burned at the stake for her actions in the defeat against the English and has been remembered throughout history as a female figure who has successfully defied the odds.

2. Jane Austen

To this day, Jane Austen is still known as one of the most famous female authors of all time. Her noteworthy books include "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma," and "Sense and Sensibility." She wrote these novels during a time period when it was discouraged for women to write, but she rebelled against that belief and paved the way for future female writers.

3. Mother Teresa

As one of the purest humans out there, Mother Teresa is noted for being one of the most dedicated followers of Jesus. She devoted her life to helping the poor and needy, and to serving others and giving what little she had. Her most noted work is moving to the poorest region in the world, Calcutta, India, where she helped lepers, outcasts, and the homeless. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

4. Anne Frank

At 13 years-old, Anne was one of eight people hiding in a secret annex in Amsterdam. By the time she was 15, she was caught by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp like many of the Jews at this time period. She is most famous for her diary that was discovered years later by her father, who was the only surviving family member. Her diary was later published and became a best seller still read by millions to this day. Her diary tells the entire experience of her time in hiding, as well as her fears, thoughts, and everyday occurrences that happened in that annex.

5. Audrey Hepburn

Normally, I would not put beauty icons on a list of empowering women. While I do not mean to discredit them, beauty is not necessarily a characteristic that holds another woman to a higher standard. However, Audrey Hepburn is a different breed of a beautiful woman. While she graced the silver screen for many to watch her impeccable performances as a princess in Roman Holiday or an escort in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she also did a load of behind the scenes work as a humanitarian with UNICEF. After her retirement from Hollywood, she traveled to more than 20 different countries where she helped children who struggled to survive.

6. Billie Jean King

Noted as a famous tennis player, Billie Jean King fought for equal pay for women. She is credited with winning 67 professional titles, 20 of which were won a Wimbledon. She is most famous for the widely televised “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs, where she defeated him after he promised the world no one person, let alone a woman, could defeat him. After her victory, she paved the way for many women to succeed.

7. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has been defined as one of the most powerful and influential women in history. Oprah is most known for being a talk show host who has had many celebrities and everyday people to grace her 25-year-long talk show. While that may be a big accomplishment in itself, she has done so much more than that. As an African American woman, she has made it possible for all minorities to step forward and achieve their dreams in the broadcasting industry.

8. Princess Diana of Wales

Although she’s known for being a style icon, Princess Diana changed the face of the British Royal Family. In the mid 90’s, she became an activist against landmines and opened Britain’s first AIDS ward at Middlesex hospital. She advocated the seriousness and dangers of the AIDS epidemic, and she even worked alongside Mother Teresa. While she may have been awarded many fashion awards for her wardrobe, her biggest achievement was being the face of England and teaching her sons the importance of giving back.

9. J.K. Rowling

Centuries after Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling created a story about a little boy living under a staircase, and it shook the world. As a single mother who was on welfare and struggled to make ends meet, she took her skill of writing and became an overnight success story. She is noted for being the first person to fall off the billionaire list because of the wide volume of donations she has given to various charities and sorts, making her “only a millionaire.”

10. Malala Yousafzai

At just 15 years old, Malala survived a gunshot wound to the head fired by the Taliban for protesting women’s rights to an education. At 17, she was the youngest person in history to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and at 18, she created a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.

So, there you have it. Only 10 girls that I have discussed. While there are many more out there who are worth noting, there is an entire future generation that will continue to wow us. While Taylor may keep winning Grammys and creating music videos that wow us and give us secret messages to decode, I’m waiting for the day she gives back to society and does something worth noting in history.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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