History HER Story Month
They gave us the entire month of March in which to celebrate Women’s History!
We need an entire month dedicated to the over-looked herstory of women globally.
That leads me to contemplate the women we love and respect as inspiring female role models who depict the feminine power principles.
So I have to ask you, who inspires you?
Who has made you take a look at your values?
Who has caused you to re-consider your beliefs?
Who challenges your thinking?
Who has touched your life in a manner as to leave you better than before?
Has any woman, living or deceased, had an impact on you?
My personal role models include powerful women like Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Anaïs Nin, Janis Joplin, and a handful of empowered women who forever remain in a special place in my heart (Are you one of them?)
You may have noticed that many of the quotes I place on Winged-Women™ memes come from Eleanor Roosevelt. She had such a lovely yet profound way of imparting sensible wisdom with her calm, poetic words.
Next in my list comes the immortal Amelia Earhart. She exhibited fabulous strength, courage, and curiosity that inspired me to fly, both metaphorically, and actually. Earhart’s legacy propels much of the content I produce here on the Winged-Women™ playground as a means to empower women. She is also at the heart of my only fictional book, The Flying Game, (a fictional, yet transformational book about owning your wings). Unquestionably, Earhart is my primary role model as I am the daughter of a pilot and a woman who found her wings which then inspired the Winged-Women™ self-love movement.
Gloria Steinem, the woman who started MS magazine at a time in history when we needed more her-stories is someone I respect beyond words. She is the voice of my era, and a woman I admire greatly. She became the face of the women’s liberation movement and her voice still represents millions.
Rosa Parks is a hero because she simple and perfectly refused to be “less than.” And so many women in every shade, have been made to feel, “less than.” Parks is a heroine for the masses, and even now, as history seems to have rolled back in evolutionary terms, Parks is a force of fierceness to inspire generations.
Janis Joplin, well, she wailed the pain and suffering of my adolescence, and played well into my adulthood. Joplin rocked me to the core with emotions that, as a woman, I felt deeply. Many times, I could be caught driving down the road in my VW bug, wailing right along with her, “Take another little piece of my heart….” And then, eventually, I learned to not give away the pieces. But I still love Janis….
Anaïs Nin is among my top ten fempowered because she lived by her own rules. That’s an important quality that sets her apart, but also intriguing are the books she wrote. Many quotes have been included in all my work, and a majority come from Nin.
There are countless more heroines to inspire, of course. I have feminist heroes, and literary heroes, business heroes, etc., and that list includes a college professor who embodies it all. Professor Elree Harris gave me the courage and encouragement to publish my first book, Blessings in the Mire. She is a woman unlike any other I have met, and I cherish her for her uniqueness, for her feminist spirit, and for her wisdom. And more so, because she may be the most authentic woman I have ever met.
Women’s HerStory Month would not satisfy my heart without mentioning my beautiful daughter, who keeps sane most of the time, and my cherished sisters who seem to love me unconditionally.
During Women’s Herstory Month, I encourage you to invest some time in answering the following questions:
- Who are your heroines?
- Who has inspired you thru life?
- Who do you look up to?
- Who do you emulate?
Take time to consider those women who went before us, including our ancestral mothers, sisters, aunts, and the women of the world who were burned for their beliefs. Today I will not go into the burning at the stake connection, but I will say that almost every major holiday of today, was once a Pagan holiday that existed before the Pagans were suddenly ostracized, lied about, and turned into a lesser class by those who took over power…. Please consider that truth in comparison to today’s political culture….
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