Courage Academy: Ten Women (Real and Imagined) I’m Going to Be When I Grow Up

In no particular order.

1. Sarah Silverman:


2. Reise, Creator of

The thing is that often the conversation about labels is just a distraction from the actual meat of the thing, from how your heart actually feels and what your body actually wants. Like we want the label to tell us who to like, when really, the only thing that can tell us who we like is who we like..

3. Amy Schumer:

4. Audre Lorde:

5. Heather Havrilesky, who pens Ask Polly for New York Magazine:

In order to tell tepid to fuck off once and for all, you MUST recognize that life among those who don’t appreciate or understand you is bullshit. You don’t want to live that way. You don’t want to be badgery and lonely while you’re with someone. You’d rather be alone. And then you go out into the world with an open heart, and you let people into your life, and you listen, and you embrace them for who they are. You make new friends. You do new things that make you feel more like the strong single woman who owns the world that’s in your vision. And you don’t sleep with anyone until things are much warmer than lukewarm. And you accept that, if things are lukewarm AFTER that, you will be forced to kick a motherfucker to the curb, with kindness, with forgiveness.

6. Imperator Furiosa:


7. Ellen Page (watch her coming out speech here):

8. Heather Hogan:

“Don’t you want to be pretty?” he asked before the spanking, when he was still trying to reason with me. “No,” I said. “I want to be a professional baseball player.”

9. Janet Mock:

10. Helena, from Orphan Black

The ultimate survivor.

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