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The Top 10 Traits of a Female Role Model

20 May

Are you a woman holding a political office?  The manager of a group of people, a mentor, or a leader of any kind?  Do you fancy yourself a possible role model?  Then read on to see how your personality traits stack up against what our survey respondents say are the top characteristics of a female role model.

The results are in! With 69 people responding to our ongoing survey on Female Role Models, we now know which traits you think a good female role model should have.  The Wordle above summarizes our total findings, where the 10 answers which received the most votes were the following:

Trait & Number of Votes:
1.  Intelligent – 62
2.  Determined – 52
3.  Strong – 47
4.  Talented -42
5.  Honest – 40
6.  Brave – 39
7.  Reliable – 34
8.  Generous – 32
9.  Ambitious – 30
10.  Powerful & Outspoken – 27 each

When given the option to randomly note the most important trait a female role model should have, again “intelligent” was the top response, and the total feedback looked like this:

Other traits you thought identified female role models include “kind,” “resilient,” “generous,” and “somehow has perfected the balance between successful career and family.”  Oh, and my favorite:  “Unflappability.”  Now, I don’t even know if that’s a word, but I’m sure we all know exactly what it means!

So, thank you to everyone from around the world who’s filled in our survey, and now, please tell us:  Do you know any women who represent the female role model attributes we have identified here?  If so, please share their names with us so we can get the world out about them.

For the record, we’re especially interested in hearing about those s/heroes who’ve mastered the fine art of “unflappability”!  😉

Female Role Model Survey – Report #1

29 Apr

Data is rolling in on our first Women Role Model Survey. Thank you for your incredible feedback — keep it coming! Meantime, please check out what kinds of female role models our respondents have!

Sith Lady Lumiya, A Role Model for the Digital Age - from starwars.wiki.com


In response to the question “Please tell us what kind of female role models you have,” of 32 respondents so far, the answers broke down as follows:

Percent – Response
1. 75.00% – Family Member (Mother, Aunt, Sister, etc.)
2. 68.80% – Personal Friend or Acquaintance
3. 59.40% – Public Figure or Celebrity (Politician, Athlete, TV/Music/Movies Star, etc.)
4. 31.30% – School Figure (Teacher, Professor, School Counselor, etc.)
5. 31.30% – Mentor (Professional or Other)
6, 28.10% – Other/Comment(*)
7. 25.00% – Virtual Friend or Acquaintance (Someone you mostly have contact with online)
8. 21.90% – Fictional Character (From a TV Show, Movie, Video Game, Book, etc.)
9. 18.80% – Religious or Civic Community Figure
10. 6.30% – Sport or Other Social Club Member

(*)Of people who said “Other”, the comments included: “Female writers,” “Ada Byron,” “Colleagues,” “authors, politicians or trade unionists,” “many role models in Albanian society,” “I followed my own path,” “a man” and… “a Sith”!

I must confess that the last comment came from a personal role model very near and dear to my own heart. 🙂

Stay tuned, as we’ll be putting more of your answers (and more questions for you to answer ;-)) online every day. And if you haven’t yet had time to fill out the quick, five-minute survey, please be sure to do so!

And, of course, THANK YOU all for your awesome input! The more you share, the more we learn about this very important topic!