Growing up my favourite band was the Spice Girls. Five vivacious, fun, loud females with plenty of personality and a few catchy pop tunes to boot.
They sang about friendship, spicing up your life and most importantly girl power – a phrase which was to become so popular that in 2001 it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
The publication defines the phrase as: “power exercised by girls; specifically a self-reliant attitude among girls and young women.”
Our generation has been taught to believe in ambition, assertiveness and individualism, traits which have all become entrenched in our psyche, and with so many females becoming leaders and pioneers in their fields, who could argue?
Over the past year, the number of women in chief executive and managing director posts in the UK has increased by 25%, while females represent 59% of undergraduates studying for degrees across the country’s universities.
The London Olympics and Paralympics have played a huge role in bringing female sporting heroes to mainstream media with athletes like Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds now some of the country’s most recognisable faces.
And cricketer Sarah Taylor is about to inspire a new generation of budding sportswoman by playing with Sussex for their second XI team.
Or look at Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old creator, writer, director and star of hit HBO series Girls, currently airing on Sky Atlantic.
She recently won two Golden Globe Awards for the popular show, including Best Actress in a Television Comedy and Best Comedy Series, and was the face of a “first time voter” advertising campaign for Barack Obama in the recent Presidential Election.
These revolutionary new role models prove that, no matter who you are or where you come from, with a little hard work and determination you can achieve anything – and that girl power is more than just a 90s’ cultural phenomenon!