But according to recent research 32% of girls see celebrities and Hollywood starlets as role models. That would, I assume, include the ever-expanding category of people who are famous for being famous.
Less than 1% of girls model themselves after world and business leaders. There is nothing particularly shocking about this research. Kim Kardashian is famous. My “woman who should be famous” isn’t.
But wouldn’t it be great if she were?
Dove thinks so. Last week Dove hosted the Women Who Should Be Famous event in Toronto. The idea was to let the glow that surrounds a famous entertainer, in this case singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore, shine on women who have achieved extraordinary things.
Women like Fahima Osman and Arlene Blum.
Osman arrived in Canada as a child refugee from Somalia. Against unspeakable odds and with incredible drive and focus Osman became a doctor. She is now making a difference in the world by training health care workers in Somaliland and Eastern Africa. She should be famous.
Blum is a world-renowned chemist and mountaineer. She has scaled some of the world’s most dangerous peaks. Her work as a chemist has helped to make the world a safer place for children. She should be famous.
Congratulations to Mandy Moore and Dove for shining a light on these incredible role models. You can meet these wonderful women at Facebook.com/dove. Watch their stories with your daughters.
When I heard about the Women Who Should Be Famous campaign I immediately thought about the women who have made a difference in my life. It is a list of incredible people who have faced tough challenges with grace and determination. I have learned from each of them.
But in the end there is one who stands out. She was born in the small town of Brookville. A family tragedy when she was very young made her grow up fast. She left high school and went to work.
But she knew there was more for her to do. So she worked her way through university and found a job at Unilever Canada.
Today she is the Vice-President of marketing for Unilever. She is a role model and an inspiration for many young women in her industry.
More importantly for several years she has been a real life inspiration and committed force behind the work Dove has done to help girls around the world through the Dove Self Esteem Fund.
I call her the Dove girl. She is my (decidedly) better half, Sharon MacLeod.
Sharon, you should be famous.
By John Snobelen,Toronto Sun