3 Women That Inspire and Motivate Me

3 Women That Inspire and Motivate Me

I’ve never had a hero. When people ask me who my role models and heroes are, I usually mumble something about my mother and Emmeline Pankhurst, but in my head I’m thinking ‘I have no bloody clue.’

See, the thing about role models and heroes is that people think they should encompass everything you want to be in life. Which, when you think about it, is a lot to ask from one person. It’s no wonder that YouTubers and celebrities crumble under the pressure of being someone’s role model. Nobody is perfect, and putting anybody up on a pedestal for being the Ultimate Human is dangerous – for both the hero and the worshiper.

That being said, I do think it’s important to have people that inspire and motivate you. So today I thought I’d share with you some of the women who inspire me. On their own, none of these women are my ‘Ultimate Role Model’, but together I think they’ll help me become the best version of me.

Laurie Penny

When I was 17, I went along to a free lecture at LSE on feminism, hosted by Laurie Penny. I had no idea who she was, but it was free and sounded like it could be cool.

I left that lecture knowing exactly what I wanted to do in life. Laurie was the first women I’d seen who’d made a career out of talking about social justice online. I walked out of the auditorium and said to my friends I want to be Laurie Penny when I grow up.

You know that saying, you can’t be what you can’t see? It’s so true. Until Laurie, the only women I’d seen making a career online were the ones talking about fashion and beauty and motherhood. Laurie showed me that it’s possible to be a loud, angry, shouty feminist and still have a career as a writer online.

After the talk at LSE, I promptly followed her on Twitter, read every article she’d ever written, and bought all her books. Now, when I feel like I’ll never get to write about the things I love for money, Laurie reminds me that if I keep pushing, keep writing, and keep working hard, I’ll get there.

Emma Gannon

You’ve probably heard about Emma Gannon already. She’s a blogger, author of the book Ctrl Alt Delete, and host of the podcast by the same title. She writes about growing up on the internet, being a woman online, and working for yourself.

Although I’ve been aware of Emma for a while, it’s only recently that I’ve started listening to her podcast. But oh boy, am I glad I did.

Every day during my commute, I listen to old and new episodes of the Ctrl Alt Delete episode. Every day I end my commute buzzing with ideas and motivation.

Honestly, if you’re ever in a creative rut, listen to Emma’s podcast. I guarantee you’ll be be smacked in the face with inspiration.

Louise Pentland

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Louise Pentland is a British YouTuber. Louise vlogs about motherhood, beauty, fashion, body confidence, and a whole lot of other topics.

Louise has been one of my favourite YouTubers since I was about 15, but it’s only in the last year or so that she’s really started to inspire and motivate me. Not only does Louise run two hugely successful YouTube channels (Sprinkleofglitter and Sprinkeofchatter), but she is also a single mother, an author, a blogger, a UN Change Ambassador for gender equality, a stand up comedian, and a whole host of other things.

Recently, Louise has opened up more online about who she is and what she wants from life. Towards the end of 2016, she ‘quit’ YouTube and re-launched her channel. She started talking about sex and dating and politics and religion. She’s also extremely unapologetic about what she wants from life. She wants to be successful, and she’s open and honest about the fact that she’s not going to let anyone get in the way of that success.

Even if you don’t want the career Louise has, I still think watching her juggle (and succeed at) the sheer amount of things she does will leave you feeling impressed. If things are ever feeling like they’re a bit too much, I look to Louise and think If she can juggle it all, so can I.

I’ll leave it there for now, because honestly I could talk about amazing women all day, every day!

Let me know in the comments which women most inspire YOU! Do you have any role models? Is there one person who is your ultimate hero?

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  1. January 29, 2017 / 23:31

    I seriously need to read some Laurie Penny and Emma Gannon – I have had Ctrl Alt Delete on my ‘to-read’ list for far too long now. Huge YES to Louise, I’ve always liked her channel but since she ‘relaunched’ I bloody love the woman. Being a single mother myself she really inspires me. Personally, I really admire Emma Watson – she stands for what she believes in so eloquently and what she has put out there really resonates with me. I read a book recently called ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – if you haven’t read it yet I’d definitely pick it up. It’s only a fiver or something like that but super informative and inspirational.

    Love love love your blog – you’ve got a regular reader in me now!


    • Liv Woodward
      January 30, 2017 / 06:48

      I’m about 3/4s of the way through reading Ctrl Alt Delete and honestly it’s amazing! And definitely check out some of Laurie Penny’s stuff! her recent article for the New Statesman on Melania Trump is really good! Emma Watson is pretty cool for sure – although I’m a little wary of how much she centres men in her feminism. OMG We should all be feminists has been on my reading list for ages! I’ve been meaning to read it for so long!

      And thank you for your kind words and commenting! I’m glad you like what you see!

  2. February 2, 2017 / 06:57

    Really enjoyed this post! I love that Louise Pentland rebranded her channel and was completely unapologetic about it, and like you I’m impressed that she juggles so much. Ctrl Alt Delete has been on my TBR list for ages now so I must get round to reading it, and I’ll definitely be checking out Laurie Penny’s books too.

    One woman who inspires me is Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism – her first book deals with sexism in such a straightforward way and it’s one I point people towards (especially if they’re convinced sexism is a myth). I’m reading Girl Up at the moment and loving it – I wish I’d had such a no-nonsense guide to life when I was a teen! xx

    • Liv Woodward
      February 2, 2017 / 09:41

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

      Yes Louise’s attitude towards her rebrand was SO good – and I enjoy her content so much more than I did before.

      You should definitely read Ctrl Alt Delete! I’ve not quite finished it yet, but it’s literally like reading a book about my own life. It’s Amazing!

      Ooh I love Laura Bates! I’ve not read her books yet though. I did buy Girl Up a little while ago though so it’s on my TBR list for sure!

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