We often tend to forget the heroes hiding in plain sight, who are struggling to keep up but still get up every morning and take on the day.
Courageous, strong, resilient. We see women around us who are the epitome of all this and much more every single day. But in the din of the daily, we forget the heroes hiding in plain sight who are struggling to keep up but still get up every morning and take on the day full force. With the buzz of Women's Day in the air, some big names in music television talk about their own personal heroes. And quite a few have some rare but truthful answers.
This International Women's Day, which is on March 8, is a great time to come together, remember and acknowledge the ordinary women who put the "her" in the word Hero. Almost 30 celebrities have come together with a nonprofit organization CARE to talk about the magnificent women in their lives.
Alexandra Daddario, Sophia Bush, Kelly Clarkson, Mayim Bialik, and other female celebrities are using this forum to honor their mothers, grandmothers and also those who made history. The video is an inspiration because it talks about those who were making a mark behind the scenes in the lives of those towards whom thousands already look up to. The question was simple, "what puts the 'her' in Hero?" and their answers "brave, passionate, strong" reiterates the voices of women across the world.
The video was not limited to the celebrities but also asked changemakers and activists in Africa, Asia and other continents about the inspirational women around them.
Peninah puts the #HerInHERO. Growing up in Nairobi’s slums, she poured her life into education. She has spent her life defying expectations of what women can or should do. Now she’s helping other young women do the same. #WomensDay #IWD2019 https://t.co/iP1lLflJAl pic.twitter.com/R5T68C253u— CARE (care.org) (@CARE) March 6, 2019
CARE works towards "empowering women and girls around the world." They lift women's voices, give them choices and "ignite transformational change." Here's the video if you want to know what they think:
For Kelly, her mother is her hero while Alexandra names her friend Allie who's been with her through tough times. For Mayim, it's Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space.
"I wanna pick my mom," Kelly said. "She had no education other than high school and just really worked her tail off and made something of herself and became an incredible teacher." For Stephanie Beatriz, her hero is the legendary Dorothy Parker while former athlete Billie Jean King also sees her mother as her hero.
For actress Nicole Maines, who plays the character of Nia Nal in the Supergirl series and is the first transgender superhero character on television, her hero is her mother. Maines' mother never discouraged her from being herself since the actress also identifies as trans. Multiple celebrities picked their sisters, grandmothers, and ordinary women because they too know how to pack a punch, even if not literally, but to the lemons thrown at them by life.
The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #BalanceForBetter. It is a call for "driving gender balance across the world." Even in 2019, gender balance has not been achieved and working towards it is a necessity. If the burden of taking care of the household falls overwhelming on your shoulders, it is also a sign of the inequalities between the genders.