Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
For more information, check out her biography.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Six years later, I met Lily at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and told her how much I admired her and that her intelligent humor and wry wit gave me inspiration to tap into my own inner funny person. She kindly accepted her compliment and thanked me for it.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Now, at 30, I realize I also was drawn to Alice because she was one of the few strong female characters written for girls. Alice was not a delicate princess whose mission in life was to meet a prince, be saved by said prince, and live happily ever after. Instead, Alice was a regular little girl who wasn't afraid to be herself and who figured out on her own how to solve her problems. I know now that this kind of female character was an anomaly when Alice in Wonderland was written in the 1860s. This is why I still re-read the book as an adult, and why tales about Alice have endured for more than a century.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The town of Lourdes was divided in their opinion of whether Bernadette was telling the truth or not and she faced intense interrogation and criticism. Nevertheless, she stood firm in her convictions and she soon gathered a large following of faithful supporters. Now Lourdes is one of the major sites of religious pilgrimage and millions of Catholics visit there every year.
At the age of twelve I visited Lourdes with my mother and grandmother and I was absolutely amazed to see thousands of devoted Catholics worshipping at the magnificent basilica in Lourdes, all a result of the experiences of a young girl not much older than I had been at the time. I could only imagine the courage it must have taken Bernadette to persuade her family, friends and neighbors of the apparitions. Her implacable determination, as well as accounts of her humility, modesty and kindness, really inspired the young girl in me.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
For more information, visit the Amelia Earhart website.
Check back tomorrow to find out about a heroine who earned a perfect 10.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
From the very beginning, I was captivated by Laura and her family, compelled by the simplicity of her life, a life lived with not much fear considering the awesome adversity she and her family often faced. The vivid descriptions of nature, waking up to a snow-covered bed inside the house after a particularly brutal blizzard, not to mention inquisitive Indians checking out the new neighbors – all of these events kept me imagining myself in such situations. How tough Laura’s early life was compared to even the hardest life lived today – I envied her in so many ways, as if I would have been a better (and braver?) person had I had such challenges.
I am grateful to Laura for giving me her stories of life back when our country was young and the people so courageous.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Eloise reminded me that girls could be smart and rambunctious, creative and rebellious. She was the first figure through which I developed my own particular way of performing a proto-feminist girlhood.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Eventually, my mother, concerned at my daily consumption of fluffy sitcoms, good guys and bad guys, got rid of the television and handed me books. Kick-ass heroines are now common. Wonder Woman, an early revelation, remains in my affections. More sustaining, however, are the girls and women with depth and flavor who battle with themselves and, hopefully... emerge victorious.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
For more information, you can read the story of Princess Periazade online.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
She could make anything out of anything - don't like that jumper? Well, unravel it and knit something else. Don't throw those trousers away - make them into a skirt! Why buy elastic bands when you can make your own out of old kitchen gloves? My grandpa fell in love with her at first sight, not least because she was the best-dressed girl in the room. She loved fancy underwear, eau de cologne on her sheets and biscuits in bed for breakfast. She loved her ramshackle house and digging up the garden surrounded by her ducks.
When she was in her seventies she taught me how to glaze a window, hang wallpaper and lay a patio of concrete slabs. She not only showed me that you could be anything you wanted, but also that you could be as many different things as you wanted: that the only limit to your life is your own imagination.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For more information, visit Christa McAuliffe's NASA Astronaut Bio.
Check back tomorrow to learn about a woman born into slavery who used her experiences to help free many people.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
For more information, check out Judy Blume on the Web.
Monday, March 1, 2010
For more information about Ann Frank, check out the Anne Frank Center USA or the Anne Frank House.
Tomorrow, check back to find out about a heroine who wrote some of the most popular books about girls of all time!