For the fourth edition of our Women’s History Month series, we will be celebrating a few remarkable Scorpio and Sagittarius women.
Scorpio women are passionate, persistent, and fearless. The Scorpio women featured have pushed the boundaries in their respective fields to make a place for themselves to succeed.
Hillary Clinton, the woman who proclaimed “women’s rights are human rights” in a 1995 speech at the United Nations Fourth World Congress on Women, has since shattered many glass ceilings. In 1997, Clinton became the first First Lady and female politician to win a Grammy. In 2000, Clinton became the first female senator from New York and the first First Lady to win an elective office. In 2007, Clinton became the first woman to become a front-runner for a major political party’s presidential nomination, and in 2016 she became the first woman to become a major political party’s presidential nominee. Although Clinton didn’t win overall, she did become the first woman to win the popular vote in a U.S. presidential election. Although Clinton did not claim her final and most important “first,” she is optimistic that another worthy female candidate will soon. In her concession speech, Clinton was able to keep the hope alive for her supporters, saying “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” She also set out to inspire young girls to strive for the best, saying, “to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams.”
Ashley Graham’s arrival on the fashion scene has provided a much-needed dose of curves. Graham made headlines since serving as the first plus-sized cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The average size of the American woman is between a 16 and 18, but that is rarely reflected within the fashion world. Anything above a size 12 is considered plus-size, and not all stores or fashion lines offer clothing in that size range. On the runway and in fashion magazines, it is rare to see a model above a size two. Graham has changed that, saying in an interview with Cosmopolitan “I’m giving curvy women a seat at a table that we’ve never been invited to before.” Graham is now one of the most sought after models, right up there with Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. In addition to Sports Illustrated, she’s been on the cover of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, and more. She also recently walked down the runway for Michael Kors and is now a judge on Americas Next Top Model. Graham is offering fashionable choices to plus-sized woman though her lingerie line with Addition Elle and swimsuit line with swimsuitsforall. She is also proving that being plus-sized doesn’t mean you are unhealthy, as she often shares videos of her intense workouts on Instagram. While there are a few other plus-sized models making their way on to the scene, we need them to gain the star-power Graham has further prove that we need a more well-rounded representation of beauty in the fashion industry.
Australian Pop Singer Sia has produced many hits over the past few years, including Chandelier, Cheap Thrills and The Greatest, but achieving her version of success has been difficult. Sia got her start in the industry in the early 2000s, with her own song “Breathe Me” and as songwriter for other stars. However, Sia grew guarded and loathed being in the public eye. Her 2010 tour brought her close to suicide, and she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, around the same time. She decided to step out of the spotlight and only write for others, but fate had other plans. In 2011, Sia worked on mega-hit Titanium with David Guetta, intending for another artist to sing on the track. Sia recalled “Mary J. Blige sang it. And then he took her vocal off it, and put my vocal back on, my demo vocal, without asking and released it. And I never even knew it was gonna happen, and I was really upset. Because I had just retired, I was trying to be a pop songwriter, not an artist.” Since then, Sia has gone on to record and perform the hits we know and love, but has reclaimed the way she shows herself to the world. She is now rarely seen without a blonde wig that covers half of her face, and has her muse, dancer Maddie Ziegler, perform in her videos and as the focal point on stage when Sia sings. Many people focus mostly on the looks and personal lives of celebrities, but Sia has been able to succeed on her own terms, by just using her voice.