Fearless Female Interview: Grace Lindsey
Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?
Let me first say, all women are amazing, but we are all biased on those specific women in our lives that have helped shape us into who we are. With that, I believe my mother and my sister, Hannah, are without doubt the most amazing women on this earth. Again, of course I am biased because they are family, but it’s deeper than that. There is something inspiring to me about a woman who has been through hell and still stands with love and confidence. My mother was emotionally, verbally, and physically abused by my father for twenty-two years, has lost a grandchild at ten months old, and most recently had her son diagnosed with cancer. My sister was also abused by my father, her step father, had turrets, and lost two children due to miscarriage. They have every reason to give up on life, but it’s just the opposite, they refuse to quit. My mom teaches young girls and is constantly giving of her money and time to love those less fortunate than her. My sister works for a domestic violence shelter and goes into schools teaching about dating violence and bullying. I am blessed to be related to such strong women and even more thankful to know that everyday they rise up for themselves and for women all around the world.
Favorite motivational quote by said woman or just in general?
”Don’t be a lady, be a legend,” by Stevie Nicks is by far my favorite quote. In fact this is more than just a quote for me, it’s a lifestyle. I once had a man tell me that I wasn’t “acting like a lady,” and that right there is what fueled this fire inside of me. At first I thought there was something wrong with me, why didn’t I fit the mold of what a ‘lady’ looks like? But the more I pondered this thought, the more I realized who was he to try and put me inside of a box. From here I began a path of self discovery and it sprung me forward to where I am. I don’t want to be a lady or allow society to tell me what kind of woman I am. I want to be a legend, a woman who leaves a mark on this world, and I am not going to do that by being a ‘lady.’
What makes a feminist in your eyes?
For me it’s simple, a feminist is someone who believes in equality for women and all genders. A person who is proud of women and what they can accomplish. We stand for not just equal pay or the ability to breastfeed in public, but we stand for women who can’t stand for themselves. We stand up against abuse and teach women to speak out, that they do have a voice and it deserves to be heard. We are feminists and we are fearless.
What makes you proud to be a feminist?
For me being a feminist is so much more than just equality. It’s about being proud of being a woman. It’s about standing for women who can’t stand for themselves. It’s about finding your voice in a world where people try to find it for you. Being a feminist for me, is saying that I know who I am, and nobody is going to take my voice.