Here is an anonymous comment in response to my last post:
“Well behaved women never make history. So if you're a well behaved woman, that's okay but you gotta be a badass every once in awhile to get noticed.”
Do you agree?
My favorite source of information, the Urban Dictionary, defines a badass as: 1. adjective. having extremely favorable qualities 2. adjective. pertaining to a person or thing that is rugged, strong, and/or ready to show these qualities.
Seems it’s a matter of being a badass and of finding a way to be memorable. What makes someone memorable in a badassness kind of way?
- Kindness (Mother Theresa)
- Controversy (Susan B. Anthony)
- Courage (Harriett Tubman)
- Intelligence (Margaret Thatcher)
- Progressiveness (Eleanor Roosevelt)
- Authenticity (Oprah)
- Sarcasm/potty mouthness/irreverence (Shut Up and Run)
Countless other women and corresponding adjectives are left off the list, but you get the idea.
I see the common denominator as being that these women were risk takers. They were willing to to step outside of their comfort zones. They did great things and were noticed for them because they deserved it. In my book that’s a pretty favorable quality.
Do you have to be a badass to be noticed?