Saturday, March 20, 2021

In Celebration of Women's History Month

Eleanor Roosevelt is my heroine.  The things she said and did (in a time when women were nothing more than brood mares and servants for their spouses) are an inspiration to all of us even today.  AND she may have been the B in the LGBTQIA+ family.

Wikipedia Text

Her biography

Do you know a woman that inspires you?  Answers in the comments please.


 

46 comments:

  1. In my time: Bella Abzug, and Gloria Steinem. Lesbian: Billy Jean King.

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    1. FIRST! I remember all those women well. bella & her hats, gloria & her glasses, billie & her tennis racquet.

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  2. For Carlos, it's Eleanor.
    For me, it's always Rosa Parks.

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  3. Buffy St. Marie, Janis Ian, and Billie Holiday all spring to mind. They survived the scrutiny of 'the man'. Hillary Clinton, controversial as she is, remains a personal hero. And Ruth Bader Ginsberg... revered and adored. Thanks for sharing this, Anne Marie. Kizzes.

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  4. people may screech, but I'm going to say Hilary. I'm not her greatest fan, but she the tenacity to handle shit and she has been handed a boatload.

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    1. no screeching here. she HAS dealt with so much shit in her lifetime.

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  5. All women who struggle and work against the patriarchy inspire me!

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    1. ain't that most of us! except for the GQP stepford wives.

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  6. The Notorious RBG. Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle Obama. Malala Yousafzai. Pearl S. Buck. Dolly Parton!

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  7. My mother. Even way before me she knew she would not be a domestic goddess. She was going to be a career minded woman, have a life outside her marriage, and she never lets my father dictate to her. She won.

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    1. yo mama is to be praised for giving birth to YOU, dear maddie!

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  8. Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg, Stacey Abrams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, Kamala Harris, Dolly Parton, Amanda Gorman, and my late mother-in-law... to name a few.

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    1. to be able to get along with one's MIL is a worthy feat. what a nice tribute to SG's mama!

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  9. Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine and all the other early female abstract expressionist painters who managed to make a name for themselves in the male dominated art world of 50's and 60's. RJJS

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  10. Marie Curie
    She was awesome on so many levels

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  11. There are so many, so I'll list Hedy Lamarr before someone beats me to it. In addition to being an actress, she invented signal hopping (think about your WiFi network among other things), and was the inspiration for Catwoman.

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  12. My wife is my inspiration.

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  13. First, any woman with the strength, courage and fortitude to stand tall and be fearless in a world still dominated by humans with testicles.
    Second, my mother, rest her soul. She raised a brood of 8 without much help from an abusive, psychotic, alcoholic sperm donor, fought hard, then died under questionable circumstance far to young.
    Third, my wife, who forced me to change my eating habits over several years so that I am healthier and feel better at almost 60 than I did in my twenties.
    Not necessarily in that order...

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    1. I too grew up in an abusive home, although sperm donor was not a drunk. a nice tribute to your mom and wife, new friend!

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  14. Five years ago, top of my list - and, I'd guess many others - would have been Aung San Suu Kyi, but we all know what happened, alas.
    Off the top of my head right now, as for some others above, RBG is the name which jumps in with ease. There are sure to be more, but I need a little time to ponder.......

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  15. Mine would be Ms Josephine Baker. American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. She was also the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture,

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    1. I listen to an internet radio station on the weekends; on saturday, they did a 1 hour program on ms. baker. what a woman!

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  16. While many women inspire me, YOU inspire me with you're outspoken, refusal to compromise, tell it like it is attitude.

    Sassybear
    www.idleeyesandadormy.com

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  17. My list is very 'recent' but I think we should work with role models from before and from now: Hilary, Greta Thumberg, Malala and Angela Davis.

    XOXO

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    1. nice picks, six! (I'm a poet and I don't know it!)

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  18. Dr. Amani Ballour, Kelly Holmes, Malala Yousafzai and Megan Rapinoe
    are a few that came to mind.

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  19. Have you read Blanche Wiesen Cook's multi-volume biographies on Eleanor? The first to see her from a feminist POV. My daughter inspires me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. no, but I have read eleanor's own 3-volume autobio. I also am reading "eleanor & frankin" by joseph lash. and what a nice tribute to your daughter!

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    2. My daughter makes choices I was too frightened to make.

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    3. my niece made choices that my sister and I would have been forbidden to make. and I am very proud of her!

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  20. Happy birthdays. March is a great month for those. Mrs. Shife and Kyle turn older this month also. I love your musical choices as usual.

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