I need you to sit back, close your eyes, and think, what have these Disney movies since the very start of your childhood taught you? What have these Pakistani dramas been portraying? I am pretty sure a villain, a princess, and a charming prince would come into your mind. Now I need you to open your eyes, look around, and tell me how many of us are Cindrella, Ariel, Snow-white, or Jasmine?
In the movie industry, there has always been this idea of the so-called ‘Prince Charming”. It’s like this matter of life and death situation in which every woman NEEDS a knight in shining armor to gallop in and save the day! However, I can argue, in many ways, why women can rescue themselves. Although the idea of having a handsome chap on your arm sounds quite appealing; this is the 21st century for Heaven’s Sake! Women are more than capable of being independent and do NOT need a man to protect them form a stereotypical villain. Stuck in a giant brick tower? Heck, we will build some stairs.
Women today are in every field; marketing, engineering, medical, photography, telecommunication, journalism, law, you name it. Women can do wonders when they get to it. The fact that women face problems when they choose a career over staying at home and serving their husbands is because of society not because of how their bodies work.
If I start naming all the inspirational women the world has never seen, the day would end and I’d still be left with half of the list. So I’ll just name some of the most inspirational women who changed the world. Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States, was raised in a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago before she went on to excel in academics and study at Princeton and Harvard. She is considered the most stylish leading lady after Jackie Kennedy,. Currently, she is working on a campaign to fight childhood obesity.
Oprah Winfrey, a generous Philanthropist, who is today worth $2.7 billion as a famous US talk show host and a media proprietor, was born to a poor single mother in Mississippi.
Mary Quant was an influential fashion designer and she shaped the image of the swinging sixties. She was credited for creating the mini-skirt and hot pants.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to ever fly solo across Atlanta in 1932 and she became the first woman pilot in 1935 after flying solo from Hawaii to California.
Angella Merkel was appointed as the chancellor of Germany in 2005 and she happens to be the first female chancellor presiding over the most powerful European economy.
And so on. Had these women waiting for their prince charming, they wouldn’t have been discussed in our history books making the world respect them.
I’d like to end with a quote.
-Hajra Irfan Syed