Fearless Female Interview: Morgan M.
Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?
Well, my mom has always been my biggest inspiration (and not just because she’s my mom.) She raised my sister and I by herself for most of my life while working full time to support us. She always made sure we knew that no matter who we are or who we loved, she’d be there to support us. She is the kind of person who gives everything knowing that she won’t get anything in return and is okay with it. Aside from my mother, I’ve always looked up to Ellen Degeneres. She’s such a welcoming, kind presence in the entertainment industry and I used to come home after school everyday and watch her show with my sister and my mom. Not to mention, she literally ends every show with ‘Be kind to one another’ which is something I say all the time. It was nice to have a strong lgbtq+ woman to look up to growing up.
Favorite motivational quote?
‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
What does a fearless female look like to you?
A fearless female is someone who stands up for the things that she believes in and does so with passion, not backing down. She is someone who uses her knowledge and experiences to form her own opinions and not letting others persuade her to think otherwise. A fearless female, to me, is someone who knows she is worthy of everything she wants and will work hard to get it. A fearless female is every female who uses her voice for good and continues to let other women know it’s okay to speak up and speak loud.
What advice would you give to young girls about being a fearless female or women struggling to recognize their power?
I would tell them that they already have everything they need to be successful and to be powerful, they just need to believe that they can do it. For so long, people have made women feel inferior simply for being women which has diminished a lot of our self-worth. If we continuously remind each other that we deserve the things we work our butts off for, it’s so much easier to remain confident in your decision making. You are powerful simply because you are you, don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise.
What are your tips for being a fearless female?
-Do the things that make you happy, even if other people don’t ‘get it’.
-Remember that you are in control of your life and that you are the one that has to deal with the consequences of your decisions so don’t let others influence them.
-Embrace the things that make you different. The world is full of people trying to be the same, so don’t be afraid to stand out.
-Your story as a woman is not the only female story so be mindful of other people’s experiences. They may not look the same, but they are just as valid as yours.
-Be kind to other women. We’re all on the same team and we need to act like it. Spread love.
What makes a feminist in your eyes?
By definition, a feminist is someone who believes in the social, political, and economical equality of the sexes. In plain language, a feminist is someone who realizes that men should not get paid more in the same position as a female simply for being male. A feminist is someone who acknowledges that we live in a society where there is a system that is not fair and allows some people to be more privileged than others. A feminist is someone who stands up for other women who are shamed into silence. A feminist is someone who fights for the right to be seen as equal, regardless of sex, race, religion, sexuality, gender, or social status.
How can women and girls support each other in today's world?
Do everything you can to be there for other women. Support businesses ran by women, advocate for women’s rights, speak out about your experiences about being a woman, and encourage young women to do big things. I think we live in a society that has taught us that other women are our competition instead of our friends, and in all honesty, that is crazy. As women, we experience things in our lives that men will never fully understand. The societal pressure to look, feel, and act a certain way starts from the day we are put into a pink blanket at the hospital. We need to lean on each other for support and praise each others’ successes and remember that we’re all on the same team. Just love and protect each other fiercely.