7 Modern Women Making Powerful Statements and Why It Matters to You

Strong women aren’t just locked up in the confines of history. Here are 7 women who are making powerful statements for what they believe in! We might not all agree with their goals but we can all follow suit and stand up for what we believe in!

“To actually feel like you’ve done something good with your life and you’re useful to others is what I was always wanting, and was always looking for.” –Angeline Jolie

Over the last few years, Angelina Jolie has used her fame to bring attention to the plight over women all over the world living in poverty and suffering gender-based violence, especially during times of war. She even directed a movie, In the Land of Milk and Honey, to help bring this issue to the forefront! While we might not have the same platform, we can all make efforts to do something good for others, whether it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, reaching out to a lonely classmate, or making sure you recycle at home.

Angelina Jolie Powerful Statemnet

“…if you are overdressed, it is a comment on them. If you are under dressed, it is a comment on you.” –Condoleezza Rice

Serving as the Head of the State Department under President Bush, Condoleezza Rice helped steer the country after 9/11 and the following turbulent times. She knew that how you present yourself is so important, both to you and the message you are advocating for. Condoleezza knows that how you present yourself has a big impact on how others perceive you, right or wrong, and she used that to her advantage. And, she once said her dream job was to run the NFL – how cool is that?

Condoleezza Rice Powerful Statement Maker

“I’ve never seen myself as a ‘girl driver.’ I’m just a driver.” –Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is making a big splash in the world of professional racing as she is often the only woman competing and she’s one fierce competitor. Currently, she’s having one of her best seasons yet. We love that she isn’t letting something that is a stereotypically male job stop her from pursuing her dreams. Danica is quietly challenging peoples ideas about women in racing and winning in the process!

Dnaica Patrick Powerful Statement Maker

“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.” –Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton has been able to fight and raise awareness for women’s issues in her numerous roles in public life. By continuing to ensure that these issues are at the forefront of policymaking, she’s making a bold statement about what’s important. Because Hilary refuses to let women’s rights get swept under the rug, we all benefit by the debate she encourages.

Hilary Clinton Powerful Statement Maker

“I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.” –Melinda Gates

Along with her husband, Bill Gates, Melinda has helped give away more money to charitable causes than anyone else in the world. She’s making huge headway by funding projects that work to end maternal and infant mortality, stop malaria and educate women and girls around the world. We can all impact the world around us by fighting like Melinda does for the things we are passionate about!

Melinda Gates Powerful Statement Maker

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it” –Tina Fey

Through her work on Saturday Night Live and other comedic endeavors, Tina Fey has endeared herself to millions of Americans. While some might not think girls can be funny, Tina ignores the haters and does her own thing – which is to our benefit! We all need a reminder sometimes to follow our heart and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing.

Tina Fey Powerful Statement Maker

“Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons we didn’t think we needed to know.” –Amy Poehler

Another one of our first ladies of comedy, Amy Poehler, has also made a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated field. Moreover, she’s proven that you don’t have to lose touch with your sensitive side to be successful or competitive. What a great reminder that there is something for us to learn in every experience, even the painful ones!

Amy Poehler Powerful Statement Maker

There are women all around us making bold statements about what they believe in, whether it’s politics, the arts, philanthropy or so much more! We’ve highlighted just a few of them here; please share your favorite modern women making powerful statements in the comments! We’d love to hear about them!

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It’s a Slam Dunk for Custom Basketball Mom Shirts

It’s basketball season! Time for great three point shots from down the court and quick moves to the hoop for easy layups! While your son or daughter is tearing it up on the court, they need their mom, aka their number one fan, getting people fired up in the stands! Since you can only cheer on your son or daughter so loud, you’ll need some custom apparel that will make some noise too!

Lucky for you and all the other basketball moms, we have an all-star line up of basketball mom shirts just waiting for you customize! We know you can’t have the other basketball moms showing you up with better shirts, and that won’t be the case when you choose to customize your shirts with us! Make sure your basketball shirt is customized with your son or daughter’s name, number and even team name on it. Once the moms from the visiting team get sight of your custom shirt, they will know the competitive advantage is on your team’s side!

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Turkey Trot Shirts – No Guilt Later!

What do you have planned for Thanksgiving? Probably a big feast with all the fixings, watching the parade, and sorting through all the great deals you want to take advantage of on Black Friday! While these are all must-haves on Thanksgiving, create a new tradition this year with an activity that is growing in popularity by signing up for your local turkey trot or turkey run! Before dining on a bounty of turkey, yams and pie, choose to get a workout in, so the guilt is gone later!

If you are running a turkey trot this year, stand out from the crowd of participants with turkey trot shirts that are customized by you! We have tons of great designs already started for you so all you have to do is add in the details of your event. Choose a turkey trot design on one of our long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts so you are warm for the entire race or use our design center to place your favorite turkey trot design on any item you would like! Plus, at the end of the race, you’ll have a commemorative shirt to remember this year’s turkey trot and Thanksgiving for years to come!

Want Turkey Trot Shirts? We’ve Got Them!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Custom Shirt

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6 Annoying Things Every Mom Says That Really Do Matter

It turns out, moms really do know everything.

All of us have been on the listening end of a mom lecture, whether that lecture was delivered from our own mom, or from a “mom-ly” teacher or friend.  While we tend to quickly role our eyes in the moment, what mom says really does hold weight in the real world.  Here are 6 of our most favorite annoying things that moms say (that really do matter):

Mom:  She who does not speak will not be heard.

Advice that holds true regardless of the audience; whether in front of your boyfriend or in front of a board meeting.  Listen up girls; we shouldn’t be afraid to make a statement, or contribute our ideas to the conversation.  Do your research, know your talking points, and give yourself enough credit to speak up.

Mom:  Make the decision before you’re in the situation

Having a plan is important, no matter what you’ve got going on. It could be having a budget for going back to school shopping or how you’ll react during debate team. She’s right when she tells you to plan ahead, thinking through something helps you react as it happens.

Mom:  No matter where you go and no matter what you do, there will always be someone better than you.

Humility is endearing.  Just look at what happens when you go all Miley Cyrus on things; it’s not that attractive.  It’s worth noting that humility requires confidence, not robs you of it.  Brag less, believe in yourself, and steal every opportunity to learn from the people around you.

Mom:  If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything.

True on the playground, and true in the lecture hall.  There’s no value in saying something hurtful to gain some kind of advantage over people.  That’s a move owned by bullies, and you’re better than that.  Try complimenting before you cast aside, and you might just be surprised by the results.

Mom:  There are plenty of fish in the sea.

True dat.  That chump that broke your heart?  He’s not worth the time or the energy.  Let him know how you feel, and move on.  It might not be easy, and it might feel like your chest in caving in at first; but there really are better options out there.  Never settle for someone who readily takes advantage of your emotions.

Mom:  A smile is a tremendously powerful thing.  Use it recklessly.

A smile alleviates tension, casts aside anxiety, and it never goes out of style.  Uniquely yours, your smile is your strongest accessory in this world.  Use it to break the ice, convey confidence, or to help people feel more comfortable.  Smile when you’re feeling down and in the dumps, and when you’re stressed and over-anxious.  You might just find that fun things happen when you smile without regard for the consequences.

Mom:  Always wear clean underwear.  You never know when you’ll be in an accident.

‘Nough said.

Moms really do know what they are talking about.  Thanks, mom and mom-like friends, for always having our back and knowing just what to say.  What advice did your mom give you that turned out to be wise advice? Share your favorites with us in the comments below!

6 Annoying Things Every Mom Says That Really Do Matter

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Customized Girl Annual School Scholarship

Having an education is a beautiful thing, but what isn’t, is the amount of money it costs to get that education. At Customized Girl, we want to help the women of tomorrow and we’re delighted to announce the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship!

As you have probably already noticed, we are all about statement makers and celebrating those who have an important message to share with the world. Statements are what we love and that’s why our scholarship is centered on making them!

As college students, we know you are busy enough with essays, exams and, more than likely, even a part-time job to help pay for the degree you are working towards, so we wanted to keep our scholarship simple and to the point. Share your statement with us in 140 characters or less, no longer than a tweet! Make it the one statement you think will change the world if people actually put it in to action!

We bet you’re wondering what you get if you win! Don’t worry, we didn’t forget. We just wanted to save the best for last! If you are chosen as the winner, you will receive a one time $2,500 scholarship to help with your college expenses, a unique shirt design and an interview with us, which will be featured on our blog. Pretty awesome, right?!

If we have piqued your interest, click the link below to read more about the details and to enter the Customized Girl Annual Scholarship!

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