The International Women’s Day celebrates women around the world. As I read a few posts from both Ye Pirate Tales and Mirth and Motivation|End Violence Against Women, it inspired me to highlight a few women I think prove perfectly, Loretta Lynn’s words…
“A charming woman…doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”
To me, these eight “pioneers” not only stepped away from the crowd but also paved new paths for other women to find encouragement and opportunities. Here is my list in no particular order on…
The Eight “First” Ladies and their Wisdom Words:
1. Janet Wood Reno:
Janet was the first American woman General Attorney appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Wisdom words: “I try to do my best and make the best judgments I can.”
2. Maria Montessori:
Italian physician and educator, Maria developed the Montessori approach to educate children. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Rome.
Wisdom words: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
“The first idea the child must acquire it that of the difference between good and evil.”
3. Marie Curie:
Marie was a Polish physicist and chemist. Check these outstanding first woman achievements and you will agree, Marie, was a powerhouse of a woman!
- Won Nobel Prize in two different science fields–the first, ever!
- First female professor at the University of Paris
- In 1995, the first woman to have her own merits entombed in Paris’ Pantheon.
- First discovered the chemical element polonium–safe to say, she owns polonium. 🙂
Wisdom Words: “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
4. Clara Barton:
During Clara’s time, very few women worked outside the home but did that stop her? No! She was first woman to hold a government job and went on to start the American Red Cross. No obstacles too big for Clara!
Wisdom words: “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for LESS than a man’s pay.”
You tell them, Clara!
5. Anne Bradstreet:
Anne was the first American female writer and the first female poet to have her work published.
Wisdom words: “Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.”
6. Lucille Ball:
Lucille was the well-known star of the television show, I Love Lucy, and the first woman to own a major television studio.
Wisdom words: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ( My favorite mantra!!)
7. Elizabeth Blackwell:
Elizabeth was the first American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.
Wisdom words: “If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.”
8. Cyndi Lauper:
Okay, seriously, we cannot omit Cyndi. She proves without a doubt, with her unique fashion and creative artistic works, to be a modern-day “first” woman. Her 1980 début album, She’s So Unusual, became the first album in history (by a female recording artist) to have FOUR top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Most popular song still heard over the airways… “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
Wisdom words: “People can save the world by the way they think and by the way they behave and what they hold to be important.”
I thank the Universe not only for these eight women, but also those not so famous (but just as important)…like our mothers, caregivers and our teachers to name a few. The generous love and giving women share to the world truly is the beauty of femininity.
Any of these “first” ladies your favorite? Please share…
Happy International Women’s Day 2013