International Women’s Day 2011: Which female entertainer is worth admiring? — On Tuesday, International Women’s Day, singer Annie Lennox, British actor Cherie Lunghi, and activist Bianca Jagger led a parade across the Millennium Bridge in London to help raise awareness for women’s issues.
In a day and age when entertainers behaving badly are part and parcel of daily entertainment news and even spill into mainstream news coverage, one wonders whether there is any entertainer worth the public’s genuine admiration these days.
Today, International Women’s Day, 2011, we wondered whether any female entertainer warrants readers’ admiration — or perhaps even more interestingly — what criteria, if any, readers might use in choosing a female entertainer who could be a candidate for the proverbial title of “role model.”
When compared to other categories of professionals such as inventors, doctors, social workers, activists, philanthropists, engineers, teachers, and other occupations, one might argue that entertainment is not “worth” one’s admiration in the first place. Other jobs are simply more important to society.
Putting aside the fact that entertainers get a larger proportion of the public’s attention than they possibly deserve in American society, perhaps one can argue that the job title alone is not reason enough to dismiss an entertainer any more than an athlete, clergywoman or other occupation should be left out of our “admiration society.”
Under that premise then, that entertainers qualify as much as anyone else for “role model” status, on what criteria might you base admiring a female entertainer on International Woman’s Day or any other day? Should she be, for example:
- Someone who has used her fame for activist causes or philanthropic purposes in her personal life?
- A woman who simply does her job (entertaining) professionally and very well over a long career, regardless of what she does in her private life?
- Someone who entertains but through that also serves another function, such as teaching or healing?
- A female entertainer who also works hard to mentor or inspire other women to go into entertainment?
- Someone who gave one stellar performance that will stay in people’s minds and hearts for a very long time, and then faded away?
- A very talented performer who also maintains a healthy and functioning family life?
Comment below: Whom might you nominate as a woman in entertainment worthy of your admiration, if anyone? Let us know in the Comment Section!
Happy International Women’s Day, 2011!