Here are 5 quotes from 5 inspiring women who have changed the perceptions and possibilities for women in society today.
1. Frida Kahlo - A passionate portrait painter whose art mirrored her life.
Frida is known as one of Mexico’s greatest artists, during the times of her isolation from her recovery from her car accident. She began to paint self-portraits to express how she felt at the time. She embraced her Mexican heritage and her vibrant and extravagant style – also her famous unibrow. Her positive spirits inspired others to not be defeated by obstacles life throws at them.
2. Maya Angelou – American poet, storyteller, activist and autobiographer.
Maya Angelou, one of the most inspiring writers, poets, actors and civil rights activists. Known to be well respected as a spokesperson for black people and women’s rights. Her most famous poem “And Still I Rise” about inner strength and defiance gained much popularity. People remember her as a more than a poet but a teacher, teaching us to give more than you receive.
3. Gertrude Ederle – the first woman to swim the English Channel
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim from England to France, beating the times of all the men who completed it before she did in 1926, making her one of the most revolutionary swimmers of all time. Before she accomplished that, in the 1924 Olympics, she won a gold and two bronze medals. Gertrude teaches us to never give up even when others think you cannot do it.
4. Mary Wigman – German choreographer who transformed the practice of dance
Mary Wigman was one of the pioneers for modern dance. Mary expressed not the technique, beauty, or music of dancing but the emotion through movement that was key. She believed that dancing was not the purpose of entertainment but communication through the movements.
5. Amelia Earhart – first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Amelia set many flying records during her lifetime whilst also being the first person ever to fly from Hawaii to the US mainland. With this, she wrote a few books talking about her flying experiences before her disappearance in 1937 whilst she was attempting to fly around the world. Her flying adventures taught us to be daring and brave which she portrayed, that helped to break down barriers for gender equality.
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