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Strength in Feminine Inviduality

Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 13 years.

As young girls evolve into becoming adults

They search for ways to showcase their changes

Sometimes by less than favorable means

Often because they're aiming to please wrong crowd

Sure, an unfair summation that every girl falls into the trap

That's not always the case for every one of them

Some hit the right notes as they become adults

But the exploration never ceased to stop

Many young women search for inspiration

In how to be both strong and vulnerable at once

Basically a full blooded human being without clichés

A rare feat especially on the big and small screens

Where women often depicted as either two types

Stone cold visual beauties or complete shrews

Two very different extremes never showing middle ground

Limiting the possibilities of what great actresses can do

Exploring the unlikable parts of human behavior

While humanizing it at the same time

Very few leading ladies can accomplish that

There were only a few genuine forms of inspiration

On the big screen that showcased full fledged ladies

Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Olivia de Havilland

Always portrayed women who had both substance and style

Stood up for what they believed in even if it caused problems

In how they were treated in the old Hollywood studio system

Movies like Stage Door and The Women examples

Of full blooded women that were the focus on the screen

Not as side kicks or simply love interests

A rare demonstration that should be show more often

Hard to believe that my own role model is gone

What's even more shocking was how quickly

Two years whizzed by in the blink of an eye

Sometimes it felt just like yesterday that it happened

Still remembered the good times that were had

Stories and jokes regularly told together in good measure

Sage words to live by ringing in my ears

Whenever a problem comes by that seemed tough to solve

Practiced patience, empathy and good humor like she did

Miss her everyday and think of her often when eating perogies

Pictured her leading in a spirited card game in Heaven

Or dancing on a cloud with her favorite dance partner

Another year passed without even realizing it

Knew it would happen, but still a twinge of sadness all the same

Aware that she always wanted to be associated with joy

Focusing on that as the next year begins

Which is what she would want all along

Just honoring her wishes the best way possible.

Stage Door's cast of strong women taking charge.

Stage Door's cast of strong women taking charge.

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