I have been listening to Gloria Stienem’s My Life on the Road this week (it is pretty great, by the way); it is a pretty inspiring way to spend a sometimes bland work day.
Gloria is not the only awesome lady I have been reading about lately. Everywhere you turn around there is a biography or memoir by someone who has changed the world a bit and made it a bit better.
So I thought I would share a small group of some bad-ass lady stories with you. Be ready to be inspired!
Even though I was not a huge Sonic Youth fan, I knew enough to know that Kim Gordon was cool. She gave off a air of aloofness, an ‘I’m above all this shit’ air. Starting with her SoCal childhood, to the New York music scene and her marriage (and divorce) from husband and bandmate Thurston, Gordon talks about her life as an artist and being known as a girl in a band.
Mindy is all over the damn place. She not only acted but wrote for The Office, she created The Mindy Project (and stars in it). Her first book was on the NYT bestseller list and she is back again. This time she takes on Hollywood, love and being a non-blonde actress in a blonde world.
I want Caitlin to be my best friend. She weaves feminist essays with hilarious stories of her fascinating and sometimes crazy life. She is one of eight children born of quirky parents and got her first full-time writing gig as a teen, writing for a music magazine. She has also gotten drunk with Lady Gaga, so that makes her pretty bad-ass in my book.
Jessica was a healthy 28 year-old when she collapsed while running when an aneurysm burst in her brain. She almost died a couple times and had to wear a helmet for months because there was a hole in her head. A HOLE IN HER HEAD! She used food and cooking to aid in her recovery, recipes of which, dot this memoir.
I thought I knew all there was to know about Ruth Bader Ginsburg: that she is on the Supreme Court and stands up for the rights of marginalized people. That is just the beginning of the story. Starting out as a young lawyer in a room full of men and ending at the highest court in the land, RBG’s story is so inspirational you will want to stand up and cheer. Or at least buy a The Ruth Will Set You Free tee.