The final edition of our Women’s History Month series, we will be commending some outstanding Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces women.
Capricorn women are disciplined, prudent and driven.
Shonda Rhimes is a force to be reckoned with. Rhimes is the writer and/or producer behind some of today’s popular shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and The Catch. She’s received various awards for her hard work, including the Glamour Women of the Year Award, Producers Guild of America Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, GLAAD Media Golden Gate Award and the Norman Lear Achievement Award. While accepting her Norman Lear Achievement Award, Rhimes said, “it’s not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is. Women are smart and strong. They are not sex toys or damsels in distress. People of color are not sassy or dangerous or wise. And, believe me, people of color are never anybody’s sidekick in real life.”
Aquarius women are progressive, independent, and assertive.
Ellen DeGeneres, who ends every episode of her talk show by telling viewers to “be kind to one another,” has certainly brought some much-needed light and love to the world. She’s known for her dancing, upbeat attitude, and generosity. DeGeneres often helps people in need and features them on her show. She’s also partnered with countless celebrities and organizations to support a variety of causes and to raise awareness. Her infamous Oscar selfie alone raised $3 million for charity. DeGeneres has had a very successful career; she’s received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Award, 20 People’s Choice Awards, 1 Primetime Emmy, and 28 Daytime Emmys. However, there was a point in time where she thought her career was over. In 1997, DeGeneres came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Soon after, her character on ABC’s Ellen also came out as gay. At the time, the approval rating for gay marriage was only 27 percent. She lost advertisers and her show was cancelled. Luckily, The Ellen DGgeneres show became a huge success and she regained her confidence. As of 2016, 61% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. Openly gay people in the spotlight, especially DeGeneres, have made a major impact on people’s opinions. Her bravery in 1997 has made it much easier and more widely accepted to come out today.
Pisces women are imaginative, emotional and intuitive.
Simone Biles is the definition of a powerhouse. Biles is the first African-American to win world all-around champion at the Olympics, and the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles She took home four gold medals and one bronze from the 2016 Olympics. Biles is now being called the world’s best gymnast. The 19-year-old shrug off comparisons to successful male athletes, saying “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.” Despite her success, Biles has remained humble. She and her sister were adopted by her grandparents due to her mother’s drug problems. Her grandparents offered great support and promoted humility. “Simone is not the type of person to go around saying that she wants to win the gold medal, because that’s thinking too much of yourself and giving yourself too much credit,” said Nellie, her grandmother. Still, Biles’ personality and confidence has been a breath of fresh air. Luckily, we won’t have to wait until the 2020 Olympics to see her bright smile again, as she will be appearing on this season of Dancing with the Stars.