I started InkTober this year without knowing much about it. For those like me, this drawing challenge was started back in 2009 by Jake Parker and consists of doing one ink illustration a day for the month of October. I also didn’t know there were set themes to follow everyday, so came up with my own theme in order to help me find inspiration (quite literally): women who I admire and inspire me. I’d like to share a few of them with you here.
1. Girls are funny
Her sardonic wit alone would have won me over, but Tina Fey is not only proof that girls are funny: they can also write and run the show. After being SNL’s first female head writer (from 1999 to 2006), she went on to create 30 Rock, one of my favourite comedy shows ever, full of witty humour. Among many other awards, Fey became the youngest-ever recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. All of these accomplishments are impressive in themselves, but the reason why Tina Fey inspires me most is for showing the world that women have their place in comedy, as leads or next to their male counterparts, and not just as supporting casts.
I read Naomi Klein's "No Logo" when I was 19, shaping my critical mind about corporate globalisation. Although I really don't do as well as my more extreme 19- year-old self, I still try not to buy from companies with bad ethics, which shows how impactful her words were. Now a fervent climate change activist, Klein often appears on lists of top influential thinkers. I have the utmost respect for anyone trying to improve the world we live in, as it’s so easy to feel useless and apathetic in the face of such big issues. Hopefully her voice can reach more and more people.
3. Rising entrepreneur
Less than a year ago my friend Marie-Eve Proulx started @odeyaloclothing with her business partner Yana, and already their beautiful clothing line is doing well and has garnered a lot of great press coverage. Taking the plunge to start her own business must have been a stressful decision to take, and everybody knows the first few years are nerve-racking. Between production problems and not knowing how well the collection will sell, the temptation to stop and find a stable job is high. I greatly admire her determination and hard work to carry on, as well as her talent and creativity.
4. Women in science
Marie Skłodowska Curie was a woman of firsts: first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first person and only woman to win twice, first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 she became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. And that's not even the exhaustive list of her accomplishments! The recognition she received for contributing to the advancement of chemistry made her famous, if not rich, thereby setting a precedent for young girls to aspire to. They could now imagine themselves as scientists.
5. Next generation
Malala Yousafzai is an example of courage and determination, carrying on her activism for female education even after the Taliban shot her because of what she was trying to achieve. Her bravery would have been impressive coming from an adult, let alone from a 15 year old. Since then what started as a local cause, helping girls from her village in Pakistan, has grown into an international movement. She received countless awards and honors, and became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is an inspiration for young girls and older women alike to engage in a cause that will ameliorate our lives and those of future generations.
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