In addition to my endlessly supportive husband, what’s getting me through the day in 2020 is a small army of smart, funny, creative, empathetic women. My sister (you know her!) sends me an unlimited supply of interesting links, funny memes, and kind words. My girlfriends and I can be totally honest with each other on our text threads. My dear friend and next-door neighbor leaves fresh scones on my doorstep. 💕
I’m also inspired by dozens of women in public life, who are vulnerable and bold, insightful and wise, hilarious and unabashedly themselves. Here’s just a sampling of the women who are inspiring me now, and whom I hope will inspire you, too.
Writers and Activists: Chanel Miller (I loved every word of Know My Name, the gorgeous memoir of justice and healing following her sexual assault by Brock Turner), Glennon Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown
Musicians: Taylor Swift & The Chicks (I play their new albums on loop), Lizzo (everything she does!), Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion sending Tucker Carlson and Ben Shapiro into apoplectic fits with “WAP”
Renaissance women: Kristen Bell, Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Beyoncé, Dolly Parton -- they won’t be boxed in to one identity and use their talents and wealth for good in the world
Podcasters: Gretchen Rubin & Liz Craft / Sarah Fain & Liz Craft on happiness and thriving, Hilary Rushford on entrepreneurship and creative living, Sam Laura Brown on breaking through perfectionism
Comedian-Actors: Sarah Cooper, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Logan Guntzelman, Iliza Schlesinger
Women in trailblazing roles: The multiracial female-driven action & leadership on The Expanse, Darren’s favorite show
Body positive Instagrammers: Danae Mercer, Jameela Jamil & iweigh
Illustrators on Instagram who capture big moods in small frames: Liz & Mollie, Kristen Ley, Dani Donovan, Paula Kuka, Gemma Correll
Therapists on Instagram who boost our mental health: Megan Clapton, Lisa Olivera
Political and social leaders: Michelle. Hillary. AOC. Elizabeth Warren. Tammy Duckworth. Kamala. The leaders of nations, like badass New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who have handled COVID “systematically and significantly better” than those run by men
This is only a sampling of all the women who are giving me hope and life right now. Let’s give it up for all the women helping us through this pandemic -- the health workers on the front lines, the educators teaching our children under insanely stressful circumstances, and the creatives who are keeping our spirits alive. 👏👏👏 And then, let’s elect women up and down the ballot this November.
Who are the women inspiring you right now? Hit reply and tell us. ❤️