It was International Women’s Day here yesterday but in some places still be in my yesterday. To all the girls and women make everyday be our day. If you can’t find any reason to believe in yourself, to love yourself, to do whatever you want to do, to be whoever you want to be. Let’s start it today, Be THE BEST VERSION of your & love yourself. Happy International Women’s Day girls
In honour of International Women’s Day, let’s just remember the good queens of the Chronicles of Narnia series.
Queen Helen of Narnia: the first queen. Called into Narnia because her husband happened upon it, and it was only natural that she was there beside him. She spoke up when Polly was too afraid. Like most, while in England she was rather ordinary, in Narnia she proved every inch a queen.
Queen Susan the Gentle (a.k.a. Susan of the Horn): A doubter turned a believer. She was a child, but she was a queen: a leader, a diplomat, and even a warrior if need be. (You can’t tell me the bow/arrows were never ever used in battle. I know she didn’t “like to ride in the wars” but that doesn’t mean she’d never fight, or never defend her home.) She cared for her subjects. She ruled the Golden Age of Narnia with her brothers and sister by her side.
Queen Lucy the Valiant: Entered Narnia like a dream, but did not doubt herself when others did. Steadfast. Loyal. True. Not just brave, but Valiant. A small child to begin with, but undoubtedly a queen. She fought because she loved her country, loved her people. She never gave up. She was a beacon of faith and hope, much like the lamppost itself.
Queen Aravis of Archenland: A Calormene runaway, though initially she plotted much worse for herself. Teetering between prideful and confident, she was nobody’s fool. She sought empowerment by looking down on Shasta, but found empowerment by working beside him in their quest. Always noble, but never thought she’d be a free queen.
Queen Lilliandil: Although unnamed in the books, she had a huge effect on everyone who met her. Dazzling beauty, but she would not be taken in. She knew her worth; the star’s daughter. Ruled well by Caspian’s side, and raised her son to be a righteous man. Mourned by all when she was lost.
That is not to mention so many of the wonderful ladies in Narnia, (and to ignore the fact that even those who were never royalty such as Jill and Polly were described as Queens once they got to the True Narnia/Aslan’s Country.) But I think we need to take a moment to appreciate all these different women who became queens in different ways.
Because we might feel kind of ordinary sometimes, but we have the power to live as queens: Loyal. Just. Valiant. Kind. Confident. Beautiful. Wise.
My hero, Barbara Dunkelman, replied to my tweet tonight. It’s safe to say we’re both crying. Tonight Barbara has faced controversy with grace, another fine example of how wonderful she is. I’m still working towards that goal of working with her one day and I’m glad that my tweet brightened up her night. She will keep moving forward and I will follow.
Me during my speech yesterday:
So I'm going to talk about one of my favorite songs and it's called Ronan and is written by my favorite artist and songwriter, Taylor Swift. I know what a lot of you guys are thinking. Ronan is a boys name so this will just be another song about one of her exes. Now when it is the international women's day I just have to point this out. Far from every Taylor song is about her exes or love. The society we live in is sexist. And this is one of her songs that aren't about love or anything like that. This song is written about a three year old boy who passed away in cancer, so don't tell me Taylor doesn't have a good heart. Who else writes songs like this? Honest, true, beautiful.......