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10 "Justgirlythings" Memes We Wish Already Existed

We girls are more than just Starbucks and a perfect mani-pedi...

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The "justgirlythings" memes have become an internet staple:

"when he has that perfect smile"

"finding new ways to style your hair"

"when you take a really good selfie"

Well it's 2016, and I think "justgirlythings" could use a makeover.

It's about time we recognize the awesome things girls do that really deserve a retweet.


"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." –Malala Yousafzai

At age 17, Malala Yousafzai was the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize. She is an activist for the education of young girls in Pakistan. Threatened by Malala's advocacy for women's rights, the Taliban issued a death threat against her when she was only 14 years old. She was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban but survived. In the summer of 2015, she started an all-girls school for Syrian refugees through The Malala Fund (you can donate here). Malala is still considered a target by the Taliban but definitely hasn't let that stop her from doing amazing things.


"Power without a nation's confidence is nothing." –Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great reigned over the Russian empire for 34 years. Renowned as one of Europe's all-time greatest powers, she helped lead the country to a place of great military and political strength. The first government-funded higher education institute for women in Europe was founded during her reign. She showed Europe that women could lead like nobody's business.

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“Sunlight will be used as a source of energy sooner or later… Why wait?” –Mária Telkes

Mária Telkes was an inventor and scientist who paired up with an architect (Eleanor Raymond – talk about girl power) to design the world’s first fully solar powered house in Dover, Massachusetts in 1947. She was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 2012. You go girl.


“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” –Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist and the first person to ever receive two Nobel Prizes. She was the first woman to win, the only woman to win in two fields, and the first person (man or woman) to win in two science fields. Her research on radioactivity was groundbreaking. Women in STEM (and women everywhere) can totally look up to Marie Curie for being such a boss in the science world.

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"…no, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." –Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was awesome, and you know it. Her activism in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's has been monumental ever since she refused to hand over her seat on the bus to a white man. She was also the first woman chosen to be buried in honor at the Capitol Rotunda. Super cool.

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"I see somebody dying, I pick him up. I find somebody hungry, I give him food. He can love and be loved. I don't look at his color, I don't look at his religion. I don't look at anything. Every person whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister." –Mother Teresa

Whether or not you're religious, it's hard to deny that Saint Teresa of Calcutta was practically a superhero. Better known to many as Mother Teresa, she dedicated herself to a life of serving God and became a religious sister at age 18. She later felt the call to establish her own order, which became the Missionaries of Charity. Their mission is to serve the poorest of the poor on the streets of Kolkata, India. Their care extends to orphans, lepers, the elderly, the terminally ill, and the homeless. The order has grown to 5,150 sisters serving in 139 countries around the world. Mother Teresa received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in the humanities. Amen, Sister!


"I have often been asked whether I am a women or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a woman." –Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King was an incredible athlete. In fact, in 1968 she earned her way to the rank of No. 1 female tennis player in the world. Her most famous match was her victory over Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973. That monumental match earned her the unofficial title of best tennis player in the world! Her success paved the way for empowerment of female athletes everywhere, and she was a long-awaited advocate for gender equality in sports.


"I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results." –Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale did amazing things for the world of nursing and saved many lives by improving hospital conditions. During the Crimean war, she arrived to work at the British base hospital to care for the soldiers who were dying at alarming rates. Upon seeing the disgusting conditions that the soldiers were living in, she took it upon herself to sanitize the hospital and care for the soldiers. Her perseverance, compassion, and ability to stay cool under pressure helped reduce the mortality rate of the soldiers by about 67%. Florence was also a big reason that society began to respect women in the nursing field.


"It was we, the people, not we, the white male citizens, nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed this Union." –Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were basically the definition of dream team. Together they formed the National American Woman Suffrage Association with the mission of granting women the right to vote. They fought unceasingly for the suffrage movement, but unfortunately died too soon to see the 19th amendment finally added to the Constitution in 1920.


“I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” –St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc was given control of the French army at age 17 and helped them win many battles, including the battle of Patay, which was a huge turning point in the Hundred Years War. If you love Mulan, you'll appreciate St. Joan of Arc because she also disguised herself as a man in order to be taken seriously by the soldiers. In 1920 she was canonized a Saint in the Catholic Church and is considered the patroness of France, captives, martyrs, soldiers, and prisoners.

Obviously there are a ton of other amazing women who have done incredible things! What are some "justgirlythings" that you think are awesome? Comment below!


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