From their mothers, sisters, and wives to impressive women figures in history, here are the names 24 male Twitter users cited as their personal heroes.
The idea of women as weaker sex was so firmly imprinted in society for so long that we rarely ever got named in the ranks of heroic figures across history and pop culture. While this is still true to a certain degree, thanks to the decades-long fight for equal rights, the generations of today have idols of all genders, skin colors, and ethnicities. This positive shift in society was wonderfully highlighted in a Twitter thread that recently went viral on the platform when attorney Jessica Brown asked the following question to her followers: "Do men have women heroes?"
With over 24.6k retweets and comments, Brown's question saw some heartwarming and inspiring responses from her male followers as they revealed the women in their life and otherwise whom they admire and respect. From their mothers, sisters, and wives to impressive women figures in history, here are the names 24 male Twitter users cited as their personal heroes:
My wife! Today she finished a 26 hour call as NICU upper level, walked the dog after, and then did a research presentation. All while being 23 weeks pregnant. #boss@caitlinrcomfort pic.twitter.com/hmBoq00FF5— Justin Cardenas (@JustCardenas) August 18, 2020
Dr. Catherine Hamlin who founded a Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, providing free obstetric fistula repair surgery to women suffering from childbirth injuries. Without this, they're outcast from society because it causes incontinence. She passed away earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/R5ieaEAO3s— Priyant (@Priyant1987) August 18, 2020
The 588th night bomber regiment is another great example. A soviet all female bomber regiment. The Germans were terrified by them and dubbed them "The Night Witches" due to their stealth tactics, they would turn their engines off and glide in as they attacked. pic.twitter.com/sBUDAmHonJ— I'm Mark (@MarkfromBAL) August 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the top of the list. pic.twitter.com/jwF1y60l2e— 💵 Dollar Revolution 💵 (@dollarrev) August 18, 2020
#Women Heroes?— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) August 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sophie Scholl and
My personal heroes?Australia for UNHCR's Director Naomi Steer and Kaldor Centre Director Professor Jane McAdam. pic.twitter.com/UcKpC3ZonL
Of course. This is mine. Siti Manggopoh. A very brave woman from West Sumatra. Famous for leading a fight against Dutch colonialism in the region. Also my mom and my wife. They are heroes too. pic.twitter.com/3I6TFw2UoL— Heru Handika 🦦 (@heru_hdk) August 18, 2020
Yes! Big Mama Thornton was one of the best blues singers of all time. She performed with the Muddy Waters Blues Band and she’s still my favorite after all these years. pic.twitter.com/FJp4eVSzon— Charl Eksteen 🇿🇦 (@CharlSaai) August 19, 2020
Marie Curie (the only person to receive a Nobel Prize in two different fields of scientific research)— Steven Kleinman (@SMKleinman) August 18, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Harriet Tubman (who is twice my hero: once for what she did for humanity and a second time for running incredible intelligence collection operations)
Plenty!— Kodunthamizhan (@kodunthamizhan) August 19, 2020
Muthulakshmi Reddy, the first non-white elected legislator in the world. Essential in setting up the state health service we have today.
Sakine Cansiz, needs no introduction.
Colonel Thurka, just the most powerful and incisive speaker I've ever heard pic.twitter.com/2yxT8nQWMD
Cliche as it is, my mom and grandma remain the type of people I strive to be: kind hearted and strong willed.— Facehugger or Die (@FidelCostco) August 19, 2020
Verity Lambert, Elisabeth Sladen, Kylie, and Jacinda Ardern (not my PM, but the best PM) pic.twitter.com/6Nvrugb22d— Kieran Highman (@The66Ramblers) August 19, 2020
Almost all of my heroes are women.— Daniel Summers, MD (@WFKARS) August 18, 2020
Thatcher is my political heroine. I was raise in a family that loathed her but she's my inspiration. She was highly intelligent, a first rate communicator of powerful centre-right ideas, blessed with common sense, and she was deeply resolute in advancing and defending her agenda. pic.twitter.com/LpqknSaE6f— Daniel Cremin (@DanielCreminUK) August 18, 2020
Oh, yes.— Alec Rogers (@alecrogers1968) August 18, 2020
Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Harriet Tubman, all the women who spied on the Nazis during WW2 whose stories are just coming to light... just to name a few well known ones.
Plenty of personal ones as well.
Carson McCullers, Joan Baez, Emma Goldman, Jane Goodall, Rosa Luxemburg, Elena Ferrante, Ursula Le Guin, Joan Didion— Aren R. LeBrun (@proustmalone) August 19, 2020
Oh gosh...just off the top of my head— Hyoun Park (박현경) (@hyounpark) August 18, 2020
There was that one Soviet sniper who killed over 300 nazis— RoadToPostCapitalism (@21st_future) August 19, 2020
Emma Goldman definitely on my list. reading her growing up help me to think critically about gvmt & power/class. she was quite the badass in my eyes pic.twitter.com/WAfZsZURLf— 🌹tom 🌹 (@tom67012622) August 19, 2020
My mother.— ESC (@EliteSkeptiC) August 19, 2020
She never went to college and started as a county clerk pulling records. She eventually became a CPL and her final position was Vice President Of Land for an oil and gas company. She rose through this field during the 80s and 90s. Cont...
In all seriousness though: Katherine Johnson, hands down. Her work was ESSENTIAL to US spaceflight, and us winning the #SpaceRace! I grew up reading about her, and did a project in one of my aerospace engineering classes based on her work. pic.twitter.com/Rvq2DJzISA— King of Scut ✡ (@Scutologist) August 18, 2020
All AA artillerymen worship Hedy Lamarr, patron saint of the Proximity Fuse pic.twitter.com/1fi9uSom6q— WARR BOYS 4 BIDEN/HARRIS (@spooknine) August 18, 2020
Margaret Hamilton, @MIT researcher who developed on-board flight software for @NASA's Apollo program, founder of two software companies, recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and co-inventor of the term "software engineering". pic.twitter.com/IDzW5ubjvk— 𝑬r𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝑷𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒔 (@erickpinos) August 19, 2020