Lindsay Batts's Essay Submission
Encouragement at its Finest: Sarah Palin
When I hear the words “a woman of inspiration” I think of powerful, headstrong, and independent women of both the past and present. Due to my interest in the political field, many influential women that have heavily impacted my life are Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
Michelle Obama has been known for her inspiration for poverty awareness and healthy eating while Nancy Pelosi has been inspirational by being the first female speaker of the house. These women are known for being in the public eye and are looked up to in their respective fields of politics. Out of these women Sarah Palin has made the biggest impact on my life.
Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a part of politics. Representing the people and making changes for our country is a goal I hope to one day accomplish. Sarah Palin said, “We need leaders who will stand up for the little guy and listen once again.” This quote is powerful because it shows that she is aware of the needs of the people and is willing to stand up for them. This to me is very inspirational.
Sarah Palin first made history on December 4, 2006 when she was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain encouraged Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party's presidential ticket.
Palin has been looked at as being ditzy and inexperienced but she has touched my life by showing determination and never backing down from a challenge. That is what it takes to be an inspiration: talent, courage and a strong backbone. Palin has proven that she embodies the epitome of inspiration. Through her determination for a better society, she has encouraged me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a politician. In facilitating that vision, I have been heavily involved in my student body at Bellarmine University. I have been the voice for my peers for three years and hope to be elected as the President next year as well.
One last aspect of Governor Palin that has been an ongoing inspiration to me is the fact that she not only continues to be a representative of Alaska, but she also is a great mother with five children; and a grandmother to boot. She supports her family and still is able to be successful while being looked up to by many. Numerous people believe it to be challenging to be successful and a committed family leader, but Sarah has led me to believe that it is possible.
In conclusion, Governor Palin, Mrs. Obama and Representative Pelosi all come together as strong American women standing up and being a voice for women all across the country. I know that because of these inspiring women, I too can be a voice for the people.