This week (April 28th) we celebrated the 85th Birthday of Nancy Drew, and although her adventures can seem a little dated, we have learned a lot from this badass lady sleuth. At the time there weren't many role models for girls who were all things brainy, brave and feminine, and the values she instilled in us are timeless. Here are 10 of our favorites:

Women Can Do Anything - Even In A Skirt

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Patriarchy didn’t stop Nancy Drew, and neither did her flawless style. This woman could do just about anything, and most of the time she did it in pleats and plaids. This is not only impressive because skirts can be hard, but because it challenges the stereotypical norm of femininity. A lady who can wear cute little heels and kick ass? Yes, please!

Love What You Do

If there was one thing Nancy Drew taught us about it was the passion the right career could bring to a person’s life. Nancy was the happiest when she was digging out some old painting or uncovering some scandalous secret, and although sleuthing didn’t come naturally to all of us, it inspired us to find that thing that did.

Solving Mysteries Is The Best Summer Job

Can you think of any better way to spend a summer than creeping around old houses and running into oddballs with something to hide? Yes? Well then we have nothing more to say to each other.

Curiosity Is Key

Curiosity is at the heart of all Nancy’s adventures, as well as at the heart of what drives all of us every day. We keep asking questions, and we keep wondering, which is how we keep advancing, technologically and culturally. When curiosity dies, so does passion.

Lady Friends Rule

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Nancy Drew's friends aren’t always up for her shenanigans, but the fact that they help her out anyway is the true meaning of friendship. She never pretends to be a solo act, and she surrounds herself with supportive people who love her (even though they think she’s kind of crazy) and would do anything for her.

Finding A Partner In Crime Who Totally Gets You Is Key

Ned Nickerson is THE DUDE. Not only is he just the sweetest, he is all about Nancy’s mystery-solving game. Support is one of the most important qualities in a boo. Nancy doesn’t settle for anyone who doesn’t get that she’s independent and brave, and neither should anyone else.

You Have To Take Risks

Nancy never shied away from a creepy staircase, cave, or carnival. The girl was fearless. Taking risks doesn’t just reward those searching for clues, it’s essential for anyone in their professional and personal life.

Don’t Always Trust Super Friendly People

Okay, yes, some people are simply born to be bubbles of happiness, and although all this goodness seems impossible, it’s totally not. On the other hand, all the friendliest people Nancy comes across usually end up being the villains in the end. Coincidence? Let’s just say it is lovely to find those naturally wonderful people--but there is power in protecting your heart, and not eliminating any suspects until there is solid proof!

Find Time To “Do You”

Nancy knew when to take a personal day, whether it was shopping with her friends, or a party with her main squeeze. It’s important to be driven and determined, but just as important to give yourself a rest and hit recharge once in a while.

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