History HER Story Month
They gave us March in which to celebrate Women’s History Month, I suppose, because February was already full with LOVE….
We need an entire month dedicated to the over-looked herstory of women globally.
That leads us to consider the women we love as inspiring role models.
So I have to ask you, who inspires you?
Who has touched your life in some manner as to leave you better than before?
Has a woman, living or deceased, had an impact on you?
Some of my personal role models (I hesitate to call them idols…) are Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, and maybe even Janis Joplin.
Many of the quotes I place on Winged-Women™ memes come from Eleanor Roosevelt. She had such a lovely way of imparting sensible wisdom with her words.
Amelia Earhart had a fabulous strength and courage and curiosity that inspired me to fly, both metaphorically, and actually. She is at the heart of much of what I produce as a means to empower women, including The Flying Game, a fictional yet transformational book about owning your wings. And undoubtedly, Earhart is responsible for at least a fat sliver of the inspiration for Winged-Women™ and is a beam of the energy in all my coaching and trainings.
Gloria Steinem was the woman who started MS magazine at a time in history when we needed more her-stories. 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 represented 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, Rosa 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….
There are more heroines to inspire, of course. I have feminist heroes, and literary heroes, and that list includes a college professor who is both. Professor Elree Harris gave me the 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, her feminist spirit, and her wisdom. She may be the most authentic woman I have ever met.
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 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.
Own your voice. Own your wings. Own your life.
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