Today is International Women’s Day and I would like to take a moment to share some of my favorite women in life and in fiction. Warning: this may have some slight spoilers from Jessica Jones and Breaking Bad.

Favorite Female Artists

Ariel Bloomer (Icon for Hire): Not only does Ariel Bloomer have one of the most amazing voices I’ve ever heard, she is also active in the feminism community through both music and the occasional video (this one is especially moving) or interview. One of their most recent singles, Now You Know (you can listen to it here), she sings about how women shouldn’t have to compromise her femininity to be taken seriously in the male-dominated music industry.

Marina Diamandis (Marina and the Diamonds): Like Ariel Bloomer, Marina Diamandis spreads messages of vulnerability, independence and female power through her music and interviews. On this day several years ago, she stated, “To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you’re the reason it exists.” In another recent post, she answered the question of “Are you a feminist?” with “Is that a real fucking question?” I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that a non-feminist woman (or any person, really) is becoming a prehistoric idea.

Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!): After coming out as transgender rather late in life, Laura Jane Grace has encountered mixed emotions about her transition, including the departure of two band members. However, Laura Jane and new members are pressing on, continuing with transgender activism and planning to release a new album in summer of 2016.

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