We’re taking a little side trip on the blog today.
It’s been an interesting news week for women. Some of the stories include:
How Hilary Clinton Got Hot After Years of Being Stuck with a Cold Image (I didn’t make that headline up)
Do you think the media might consider Harry Reid’s hotness factor? Sigh.
I thought it might be a good time to dig in the archives and share this post about what makes a strong woman.
The protagonist in my WIP is a German-American woman living in the 1890’s who overcomes several obstacles in her life. (What would a good novel be without a few obstacles?) Death, disaster and betrayal are just a few. She rises above this to do something extraordinary for the times in which she lives. As the story shapes itself on the page, I’ve been thinking about the attributes of what society considers a ‘strong woman’. What are they?
Is it self-sacrifice?
Is it physical strength?
Is it the ability to succeed in a man’s world?
Is it being a leader?
Is it facing sorrow with grace?
Is it living life her way instead of society’s way?
Is it living life in the face of death?
Is it living ordinary life?
Question: What character traits would you list to describe a ‘strong woman’? Why do you think we are still struggling with how women are represented in today’s culture?