Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Modern Influential Woman
Happy Women’s History Month!
Ritual Shoppe is powered by so many strong, smart, creative women, and we wanted to take some time to recognize even more of them that have been inspiring us lately.
This list of women is, of course, much shorter than the true number that we regularly celebrate. Women all over the world are strong daily, for being friends, mothers, BUSINESS OWNERS, lovers, etc. etc. etc. and there are truly more important women than we could ever count.
That said, we think this small round-up is a powerful list of the women that have had a bright spotlight on them the past few years. These are women that, especially since the pandemic began, have pushed us forward, inspired us, and brought something new and refreshing to the table.
We hope their stories will find you right on time, and remind you that today (International Women's Day!) and everyday, you're more important than you know. Here's to women everywhere!
“Untamed” literally came out on March 10, 2020. There’s no way Glennon could’ve known that the timing of her latest book release would land the same month (almost to the day) that a global pandemic and lockdowns seized the world…but we don’t take it as a coincidence. So many women (us included!) read this book knee-deep in the pandemic when life felt more uncertain than ever. It was a bright spot that lifted us up, and truly empowered us with its inspiring and true stories of women’s strength. It’s a book that made us feel less alone, and one we’ll keep coming back to for years to come. She also released a podcast last year, We Can Do Hard Things, where she chats with her wife and sister about, you guessed it, all the hard stuff.
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It’s safe to say that we could all use a reason to vibrate higher these days, and this is a woman who knows all about it. Lalah teaches us how to become aware of the vibrations—energy, life force, frequency—that run through all things. She helps us see how different elements feed our negative and positive vibes, then invites us to take stock: what simple actions raise our vibrations? What people give us good vibes? In her book, as well as her Instagram, she reveals that when we know what brings us joy and what takes away from it, we become empowered to choose what we give our attention. We’re so thankful for what she’s doing and love her little inspirational Instagram posts, too.
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We’ve been so inspired seeing women of all different backgrounds and ages getting the attention they deserve lately. Greta ticks so many of the boxes that are usually left unchecked regarding extreme power: female, young, and autistic. She burst onto the scene just before the pandemic as 2019’s TIME’s Person of the Year. Her passion and commitment to protecting the environment, and enacting real change has been refreshing to witness. We love that her direct approach, in part because of her Asperger’s syndrome, is garnering real attention in the media and most importantly, governments around the world. She encourages us to view our unique traits (and what many would see as weaknesses) as our biggest strengths.
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Rihanna has been inspiring us for years, but can we just say…PREGNANCY STYLE?! The photos of Rihanna lately have been beyond inspiring for loving and showing off our bodies- which she’s always been able to do more naturally than seemingly anyone else. Especially during the pandemic when millions of us confronted our changing bodies as they carried us through tumultuous times, Rihanna reminds us to celebrate ourselves at all stages of life. And not to mention, she’s the world’s richest female musician, thanks in part to her phenomenal business, Fenty Beauty.
image by Luke Fontana
If you’re as obsessed with astrology as we are, you’ll have heard of the “CHANI” app. It launched in 2021, and it’s the first astrology app of its kind. Prior to releasing this groundbreaking app, Chani released; “You Were Born for This” at the very beginning of 2020. Like Doyle’s book, it felt especially well timed. We can’t help but imagine that Chani knew it would be! Chani is a queer business owner and we’re just so inspired by the work she’s putting out into the world. Especially during the pandemic, her book and app have felt really supportive.
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Keeping politics aside, WE HAVE A NON-WHITE, NON-MALE, VICE-PRESIDENT! The past few years have been so difficult, but this felt and continues to feel like such a huge win for women around the world. The United States is a world leader, and if we’re showing that women belong in the White House, it feels like we’re slowly but surely moving the needle—showing that women belong EVERYWHERE; especially the places that have traditionally only been "boy’s clubs." PS: We also sort of have a crush on her cool, creative, stepdaughter.
That's it for now! We hope you're feeling as inspired as we are and ready to continue the fight for women's equality, this month and beyond. What women are inspiring you these days? Let us know in the comments!