Netflix hosts a wide variety of series that capture the vibrancy of modern womanhood, whether it’s the solidarity expressed by the diverse inmates on Orange Is the New Black, the inspired efforts of a tenacious young Queen in The Crown, the emotional and physical strength of Jessica Jones or the outspoken, unfiltered wit of Chelsea Handler as she relates to women across multiple generations.
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These characters represent diverse and complex backgrounds that reflect the idea of “empowerment” in numerous ways.In honour of the newest leading female character, Queen Elizabeth II, I’d like to share a drafted note to her younger self highlighting some of the universal truths, challenges and wisdom that transcend place and time, that modern women everywhere can relate to.If I had the chance, I would say the following to myself:
“My Dearest Jeannine,
Life can certainly be difficult. You are strong, compassionate, and a survivor. Never doubt yourself, you’ll have to face challenging moments in your life but you will be able to get through it all. Don’t give up because you can do it. You can do anything you set your mind on doing.
Listen to your gut feeling, it’s usually right. While you are very loving and supportive of others, don’t allow them to use you.”
Letters; like these, aim to encourage women to embrace their quirks, flaws and find strength from within to become the most complete versions of themselves.