Female Power

Yamaya Perez, center left, of Holyoke, steals the ball from Amanda Mieczkowski, center right, of Northampton, with Holyoke three points ahead with 28 seconds to play, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Holyoke High School. Ashley Vazquez, left, and Victoria Lopez look on.


Yamaya Perez, center left, of Holyoke, steals the ball from Amanda Mieczkowski, center right, of Northampton, with Holyoke three points ahead with 28 seconds to play, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Holyoke High School. Ashley Vazquez, left, and Victoria Lopez look on.

Sage Sherburne, Herald Staff

For decades, females have been pictured as weak, emotional people, who are supposed to be stay at home wives, cook, clean and take care of the kids while men get to go out and have fun, go to a bar, and get something to drink. As time progressed, things changed. In 1909 a girl group called themselves Girl Scouts and crashed a Boy Scout trip. The founder of the Boy Scouts decided there should be a movement for girls. This led to the founding of the Girl Scouts and the movement to empower young girls and girls of color to stand up and fight for what they believe. This movement began because people realized that it’s not just one color against the world anymore and that one race cannot be inferior. This is about every girl in the world who deserves the chance to fight for herself. It is 2021 and we don’t need a man to fight for us. We’re powerful enough to fight for ourselves.


WWE- Divas vs superstars, a Diva is a girl wrestler; while a superstar is a boy wrestler. I love WWE and I love it because there are female wrestlers. Some of the women in the league are scary as heck, and strong. Like, wow. WWE is not just about boy wrestlers anymore. It is about girls too, and some of the amazing Divas I will mention in a bit are living proof that you don’t need an answer or even a door. They are proof you can just break the door down, and demand an answer. It’s simple. We are the best.


The Bella twins (Niki and Brie Bella)

AJ Lee



Cameron (Ariane Nicole)

Naomi (Trinity Fatu)

Ronda Rousey

Jacqueline (who was the first WWE black female wrestler to win the women’s champion and set the world on the flame)


Summer Sports- For a long time, women were not supposed to participate in the Olympic games. The games were described as “only for men.” Stupid, right? Now men are great, but women are better. For the last 30 years, the IOC has been advocating for the participation of women at all levels. They have also been encouraging National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and international federation (IFs) to enhance the presence of women in sports. Roswitha Krause was the first woman to win a silver medal at the 1968 games in the 4×100 m. freestyle. She was also the first woman to win a silver and a bronze medal in handball at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.

List of women who participate in summer sports:

Roswitha Krause

Seren Williams

Margaret Court

Kennedy Carter

Chelsea Dungee

Alex Morgan

Abby Wambach

Martha Randall

Debbie Meyer


Winter sports- It should not come as a surprise that the focus of winter sports are men, but women should be the focus as well. We can do many things of better quality than men when it comes to sports. Most people assume that sports are for men. However, that is not true. People like Bonnie Blair who, since age 18, has been amazing with her speed and agility. We got that, no matter the sport.

Woman list in winter sports:

Bonnie Blair

Mikaela Shiffrin

Petra Vhova

Alina Zagitova

Adelina Sotnikova

Jamie Greubel Poser

Lauren Gibbs

Jessie Vetter


Actors- Acting is a very tough business for all genders. Women actors (many of whom are black) were told that they had to change the way they looked. A prime example of this is Judy Garland, (I love the Wizard of Oz). She was a size two, but got into drugs because people told her that she was too fat. Sadly, she ended up dying in her 40s. Garland’s situation is an excellent example of how the acting business changes people. However, not everyone (for example, Logan Lerman or Melissa Benoist – I love them both) is affected by these changes. I want to act for the same reason everyone gets into acting. It is their passion. I will take what Judy Garland and Julie Andrews did and use that to my advantage and be different.


Judy Garland

Julie Andrew

Melissa Benoist

Jennifer Morrison

Ginnifer Goodwin

Lana Parrilla

Kate Mulvany

Jerrika Hinton

Tiffany Boone


Music- The world of music is not just for men anymore, it is for girls as well. Most artists write about love, but others sing or rap about girls with plus size butts. Still others sing about being fat, loving yourself and not taking no for an answer. Women in Music is the industry’s leading non-profit working to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Nowadays, women are dominating the music industry.

Woman in music:

Taylor Swift

Niki Minaj

Katy Perry

Cardi B

Demi Lovato

Selena Gomez

Lady Gaga

Tina Turner


Women are fighting for their spot, and their role in society, which has been going on for many years. Women are starting to get the recognition they deserve. They start to break the stereotypes, break through a white man’s world and fight for their spot. This is their chance to be in the light. They break barriers, especially women of color. They are Vice Presidents (Kamala Harris), rappers, singers, actors, wrestlers and athletes. They are in a man’s business and earning more than men. Women are getting everything they deserve. This shows that female power is real and prominent around the world. Doors are getting slammed in their faces, but they are not taking no for an answer. And we shouldn’t, the world is our canvas for all women and people of color. The world will say no, but we have to stop asking. And start doing.