I saw a news story about a young mother who stayed up for 41 hours in the sub-freezing cold weather outside a Walmart Store. Sarah Palin was due to arrive and sign 2,000 copies of her book. Palin was not going to personalize or talk to any of the folks who had waited in line, just sign the book as they passed in front of the table. The young Mother had the 800th place in line and hoped not many folks would use their 3 book maximum so that she would get a signed copy to share with her 4 and 7 year old daughters.
Young Mother thought Sarah Palin was the most important woman to be a role model for her daughters within her life time.
This story got me thinking.
Who would I stand in line in sub-freezing temperatures to see or get a signed copy of a book from? Who did I think was an important female role model for my daughters from my generation?
I need to state clearly that I do not think I would stand in line over night for a book signing for anyone.
I am a Mother of a child who has stood in line for hours to see the midnight release of Harry Potter Movies. I have stood in line for over an hour to see things at several World’s Fairs.
Names started floating through my head: I would love an afternoon with Gloria Steinem, and I would stand in line for a Meryl Streep movie. I think I would be inspired by Mother Theresa if she were still with us. Then names really started jumping into my head – Lily Tomlin, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Kingsolver, Barbara Walters, Mary Oliver, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hilary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Paula Poundstone, Carol Burnett, Senator Patty Murray and the list keeps popping up.
When my youngest daughter called, I asked her and out popped Ellen DeGeneres
My neighbor and her partner said they thought – Natasza Zurek – awesome female snowboarder and “ Rachel Ray – what can I say I’m totally a food junkie and I love how she’s made cooking seem easy to do – I’m all for anything that will get people to actually cook good healthy food at home! “ , would be fantastic role models and people they would like to meet.
My friend who travels the world doing mediation said – Virginia Satir
Right off the top of her head my eldest daughter said Maya Angelou and then Mrs. Charles, one of her teachers who died of breast cancer.
This news story has led to considerable number of very fine and fun conversations.
So who would you like to meet in the world of women? Who do you think would make a great role model for your daughters?
I would really and truly like to know. I would also appreciate a word or two of why.