Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

I was recently given a key chain with this quote on it, and was told by mutiple people that the key chain fits with my personality. This gave me the opportunity to think about it sincerely and to wonder whether or not it does in fact a) describe me, and b) whether or not the statement is indeed true.

From the top of my head I can think of mutiple (two) well behaved women who made history. The first is Mother Theresa, she is as well behaved as they come. She devoted her life to religion and charity, helping the poorest in society through the love and kindness of her heart.  She was literally a Saint, which is the best definition of well behaved.

The second woman that comes to mind is Michelle Obama. From her public life in the White House, she did everything a first lady was supposed to do, she did not break any rules, but in fact followed them all. Whether or not she was well behaved in her private life is still unknown to me as I am yet to read her biography.

After thinking of these two women, I realised that I could not think of any more well behaved women. That the statement was in fact true, that although there are some examples of well-behaved women making history, they seldom do. Most of the well known women throughout history are rebellious, outspoken and rule breakers. Women like Empress Matilda, Queen Elizabeth I, Rosa Parks, Audre Lorde, Aung San Su Kyi, and Emmeline Pankhurst. They have had to break through the barriers set by society in order to achieve everything that they achieved. They had to defy the ruling powers and stand up for what they believed in, even if I don’t personally agree with these women and their politics, it is safe to say that they impacted the world.

As for me, I do not see myself as rebellious, I see myself as someone who follows and enjoys rules. I may be outspoken and can occasioanlly bend the rule, but rarely do I break it. Maybe one day, I too would be an example of a well behaved woman who made history.


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