I’m more and more interested in finding strong female role models for my daughters.
I’ve had the honor of watching Zoe’s every step from Day One, but our eldest daughter Katie was lost to us for 10 years–the amazing woman we’ve gotten back was SO worth the wait. But with the alarming level of vapidity in Hollywood (shudder: the Kardashians, anyone?) I’ve been searching high and low for strong role models before my daughters think the way to fame and fortune is through a sex tape.
If you’re looking, too–here’s some of my favorites:
Mother Theresa–“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Emmeline Pankhurst, who had founded the Women’s Social & Political Union, being arrested as a Suffragette
Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race.
8-year-old Helen Keller (1880-1968) with Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) vacationing at Cape Cod in July 1888. Both Keller and Sullivan indicated later in their journals that “doll” was the first word Helen learned in sign language in March 1887. This photograph is believed to be the only known photo of Helen holding one of her dolls.
“Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles.”
Arlene Malad–14 years old in this photo: Photograph Eve Arnold At a school for black civil rights activists, here the young girl is being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face, hair pulled, etc. Virginia 1960.