7 Female Icons That Should Empower You

7 Female Icons That Should Empower You

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Living in a world with primarily male-dominated roles, it’s easy to forget that there are some bada** women out there. (But basically, every woman is.)

Throughout the years we have had some major estrogen breakthroughs from powerful women that should be appreciated more.

Princess Diana

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." — Princess Diana

A royal woman who had an amazing fashion sense, and a huge heart for others. Also, a philanthropist that used her fame to raise awareness of poverty around the world and participated in many different charities. She made changes and put in work. We miss you, princess.

Madonna

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want.” — Madonna

A HUGE female name in the entertainment industry, and created some of the best songs to karaoke to. She has also used her artistic talents in fashion designing, film-directing, acting, and even became an author for children’s books. Keep on doing you, Madonna.

Amelia Earhart

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.” — Amelia Earhart

Not just anybody volunteers to casually fly over the Atlantic by themselves for the first time ever. Amelia had more balls than every man in the world.

Coco Chanel


“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel

From living in an orphanage to becoming one of the biggest fashion designers in the world. I would let her dress me every day if I could.

Oprah Winfrey

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” — Oprah Winfrey

Another kind-hearted soul and philanthropist. She hosted one of the highest ranked television programs and had enough money to give away random cars to people in her audience. What’s that under your seat? Oh, just a trip to Paris, and another car.

J.K. Rowling

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — J.K. Rowling

She battled depression and poverty, and then came out of it by making billions of dollars from writing books about a wizard with a scar on his forehead. If she doesn’t influence you in some way, I don’t know what will.

Michelle Obama

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” — Michelle Obama

Graduated from Harvard Law then headed on over to The White House to become the 1st African-American First Lady. A caring woman, that should’ve just taken her husband’s spot and became the president of the United States.

There are many other females that have made their mark in America and this world. It’s not just a man’s world, and these ladies have proved that with their powerful achievements.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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