Women Defying Labels

I’m so in love with Pantene’s pro-woman marketing campaign. I’ve already linked to their "Not Sorry" commercial in my Expectations vs. Reality post. You gotta check it out, if you haven't!

Now take a look at this gem:


(The link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOjNcZvwjxI)

Apparently this one came out first, last year! I seriously feel like they made these commercials for me. Do you?

I was just aggressively nodding through the whole thing. Like chin to neck and then back up to the ceiling nodding. It really spoke to me. It felt so nice to be understood and, honestly, to have this struggle acknowledged (#thestruggleisreal you guys). I know, I know – it’s a commercial for a flipping hair product. But you don’t see commercials like this every day. Usually you see hot women eating Carl's Jr burgers on top of cars or creepy female puppets serving their husbands while discussing DirecTV.

So hooray for that! Hooray for portraying women in a positive way, for shining a light on the fact that these labels definitely exist, and for encouraging a discussion.

In the spirit of celebrating women who defy labels, here are some happy stories on badass women that have appeared in the news recently:

Harmon is a baller, literally and figuratively.
1. Becky Hammon made history this week as the first full-time female assistant coach in ANY of the four major professional sports. She joins the San Antonio Spurs after a super successful career playing for the San Antonio Stars. More info here.

2. Hillary Clinton had a great Q&A on Twitter a couple weeks ago. Here's a rundown of some of the fun questions from other super inspiring women, as well as Hillary's always-on-point answers.

3. Tara Walker is the first black fermale fire fighter in the Jersey City Fire Department. The first in the department's 143 year history! She is one of six women on the force. More about this wonderful story here.

4. Joy Cho, the woman behind the blog Oh Joy, multiple successful how-to books, and a super fun party line at Target, just blogged about how being a working mom is good for her daughter - and for herself! Check it out here.

Nicole Perlman
5. Nicole Perlman is the first female writer to be credited on a Marvel movie! She wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, aka the biggest movie of the summer. This is a bittersweet victory for her because she wishes it wasn't such a big deal. "I do still feel like it's a little bit like, 'Wow, it's so crazy that a woman is doing this!' I look forward to the time when it won't be that crazy," she says. Read more about her (with more great quotes from her) here.

Badass label-defying women unite!