When I was young and unsure of who I was I didn't turn to my mother, or to famous people, or to Oprah for guidance. I turned to literature. Specifically Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet about Alanna, a girl who pretends to be a boy and becomes the first female knight of Tortall. She taught me that sometimes we have to hide who we are to succeed, but once we do succeed nothing can stop us. She taught me that women can be as fierce, or fiercer than men. She taught me that life gets tricky sometimes, but also that if you fight for it, you can achieve anything. Being a girl isn't a limitation, it's an inspiration.
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