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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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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