Here's Why Cardi B Is The Girl Power Icon We Need

By Allie Gold

April 10, 2018

Cardi B is 25 and is making major moves in her career and personal life. The singer’s album “Invasion of Privacy” dropped on Friday, April 6, and is already gold plus she is engaged to Migos’ Offset, and they are expecting their first child together this coming July. Cardi B’s story has inspired so many people to go after their passions in life and is proving that women can have a career and start a family. She is a woman of the world right now and she is everything we need in this time for girl power. Who says you can’t have it all, right? Well Cardi B stopped by The Breakfast Club and spoke about being a woman who could do both, referencing her flourishing music career and becoming a mother. She says:

“I see a lot of women online saying like ‘i feel sorry for you’ or ‘your career is over’ but it’s like.. why can’t I have both? Like why do I have to chose a career or a baby, why can’t I have both, I want both. A lot of people around me were concerned [they said] ‘I don’t think this can happen, this never really happens’ And it’s like I don’t want to wait till i’m 30 something to have a kid. I want my kid now. I want my kid now that I have energy and stuff.”

This isn’t the first time Cardi B made sure to inspire her followers, especially her female fans, that they can do it all. When Cardi B revealed her pregnancy to the world on Saturday Night Live, she tweeted later that night saying, “I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?”

Her belief that women can be successful both in their career and their personal lives isn’t the only empowering opinion Cardi holds. April is sexual assault awareness month and Cardi opens up about the things she has seen, or heard of, while climbing through the music scene, saying:

"Yea all women deserve respect, and that’s the thing like, it’s like ‘oh well how do you deserve respect when you’re not respecting yourself.. you’re showing your body this and that’ cause I’m showing my body doesn’t mean that I’m gonna get touched when I don’t want to get touched doesn’t mean that um like some women, a lot of women think, like for example, when I was 19 and I used to be in the train stations and I used to see these girls in the red bottoms, in the magazines, it’s like wow ‘I wonder how much money they making, they’re probably making like $10,000 just to be on the cover of this magazine.' A lot of young women think that certain jobs are a big opportunity for them and this sucks when you trying to get that big opportunity and it’s just people in the way like ‘You want to be in this magazine and they pull out their penis,’ some girls are very young and naive. When I was 19 I wasn’t sleeping with people, I wasn’t going none of that… and there were so many people like ‘You wanna be on this cover or you wanna be in this music video?’ and it be directors, photographers, middle mans, and it’s just so crazy and if some girl would say something, like in the urban world, they would say it doesn’t matter cause ‘you’re a hoe’ or ‘you don’t respect yourself cause you’re half naked and this and that’ It doesn’t matter cause why do you have to harass me to do what I don’t want to do for something they feel is the opportunity.”

Cardi doesn’t even shy away from talking about her own experience with considering abortion after an unexpected pregnancy. When Charlamagne Tha God asked if she thought about not having the baby she responded saying:

“Uhm” *long pause “Kinda sort of, and then again you know I just didn’t want to deal with the - the whole abortion thing. I just didn’t really want to.… It’s just like 'you know what, I’m a grown woman, I’m 25 years-old, I’m going to say this in the most humblest way, i’m a schmillionaire’ you know what I’m saying and uhm… I’m prepared for this."

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