Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

I blogged at Loose Ends on Women in History, too. "Well-behaved women rarely make history."--Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Thirteen women I admire and/or am fascinated by.

1. Mary Magdalene I once took a Women in Religion class in college that said if Jesus had wanted to be believed, he couldn't have found less believable witnesses to his resurrection. I seem to remember it took two women to equal the word of one man. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus. She fascinates me for many reasons. I've read a couple of books on the little we know of her life and I've also ready her gospel (part of the gnostic gospels and not part of the Bible).

2. Virginia Dare The first English child born on American soil, she disappeared with the rest of the Roanoke colony. That whole mystery has intrigued me since I first heard about it.

3. Harriet Tubman A woman who escaped slavery in the South and continued to go back and bring others to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She never lost a passenger, despite blackouts/seizures that plagued her, probably caused by a blow to the head by an overseer.

4. Juliette Gordon Lowe Yes, I owe a debt to this woman. I was a Girl Scout for my entire childhood. Now my girls are beginning on that path. Lowe started Girl Scouts. She was good friends with Lord Baton Powell who started Boy Scouts. Lowe also started the Girl Scouts selling cookies...LOL. I took a tour of her house when I was in Savannah.

5. Susan B. Anthony She's one of the more famous suffragettes, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and more. She fought for a woman's right to vote, finally achieved with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. But Anthony was never able to excercise that right legally. She died before the Amendment was passed. She stood up for what she believed in and fought for it, despite criticism.

6. Amelia Earhart She's one of the more famous aviators, who broke new ground for women pilots. It's also a great mystery as to what happened to her when she disappeared flying over the Pacific.

7. Marie Curie A woman scientist who was ahead of her time. She overcame barriers placed against her because she was a woman. She discovered polonium and radium. Worked with radiactivity. Won the Nobel Prize twice. Ultimately her research killed her because at that time, they didn't know the dangers of radiation.

8. Elizabeth the 1st The whole Tudor family is quite fascinating. Imagine your father had six wives in the search for the elusive boy. Alas, the only boy is sickly and dies. Your sister comes to the throne and comes after you. She also divides the country, persecuting people on a religious basis. She's known as Bloody Mary. You come to the throne after her death. Elizabeth the 1st ruled for over 50 years. And her time on the throne is remembered well.

9. Emily Dickinson Only 10 of her poems were published in her lifetime. The rest were either bound into small volumes or written in her letters. The only reason her poems came to light was because her sister and two long time friends brought them to the public eye after her death. What a hidden talent.

10. Irena Sendler This woman formed a group of other women to help and saved some 2500 children from the Nazis. She wrote their true names on scraps of paper and buried them in a jar in the hopes of one day reuniting children with their families. She was captured and tortured but refused to tell them anything. In one torture session, her feet and legs were broken. She still refused to talk. After that, she managed to escape but she continued to help people escape the Nazis, as many as 500 more. After the Nazis had been brought down, she unearthed her jars of names and tried to help reunite what families were left.

11. Lynn Johnston I'm a "For Better or For Worse" long time fan. I started reading it when it started. I have a collection of books. I cried when Farley died, agonized over Gordon's home life, cheered when Lawrence came out. She was close friends with Charles Schultz, who actually threatened to kill off Snoopy if she carried through with Farley's death.

12. Alice Walker "The Color Purple" is probably one of her most famous works but I enjoyed "In search of our Mother's Gardens Womanist prose" as well. She has done a lot to bring interest to Zora Neale Hurston as well as writing her own works. I may not agree with all of her politics but she's quite a powerhouse in fighting for what she believes in.

13. Sherrilyn Kenyon When I list what authors I admire, Sherri always makes the list. To look ather career is to see a meteor in flight. She once had to come up with change to mail a proposal and had trouble doing it! Now, she's got her own convention and people clamor for her next book or book signing.

I could list so many more woman. Clara Barton. Molly Pitcher. The Bronte Sisters. Jane Austen. George Sand. Margaret Mitchell. Joan of Arc. Cleopatra. Calamity Jane. Annie Oakley. Madeleine L'Engle. Dian Fossey. Jane Goodall. Ella Fitzgerald. Aretha Franklin. Ruby Bridges. Rosa Parks. Wilma Rudolph. Catherine the Great.

The list goes on and on.




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