Her’s Day Thursday

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Today’s Her’s Day Thursday leading lady has a career that is on pointe. She has really raised the barre for herself (I’m cracking up at my hilarious wordplay; you’ll get it in a second becaaaause…). I’m talking about Misty Copeland!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--MAY 22, 2014--Prima ballerina Misty Copeland will be a make history as the 1st African-American woman to dance the lead role of Swanilda in the famous ballet Coppelia. She will also be a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Portrait of Copeland taken at Lincoln Center of Mary 22, 2014.  (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

 

Misty Copeland was born in Kansas City, MO on September 10, 1982 and later moved to California. When Misty was seven years old, she watched the film Nadia (an AWESOME movie!) that chronicled the life of gymnast Nadia Comăneci. She fell in love with gymnastics (mainly the choreographed floor routines) as well as ballet. She soon joined a free ballet class at her local Boys and Girls Club. The instructor saw her talent at the after school classes and convinced Misty to join her classes at the San Pedro Dance Center.

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As Misty trained, her instructor saw that she was a prodigy. Misty soon gained roles in major productions, earning solos and lead roles in local ballets. It wasn’t until last year, however, that Misty got her “big break”. She was signed as the first African American woman to be promoted to Principle Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre!

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The honors keep coming for Misty, as this year Mattel announced that Misty would be immortalized as a Barbie doll in the company’s “Sheroes” line, featuring famous women who are leaders in their fields!

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For more about Misty and her career, visit her website here!

Her’s Day Thursday

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When I opened my internet this morning, I got a glimpse of today’s Google Doodle:

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Intrigued, I clicked on the picture and learned that today is Hertha Marks Ayrton’s 162nd birthday. Who is Hertha Marks Aytron? I’ll tell you!

 

Phoebe Sarah Hertha Ayrton was born on April 28, 1854 in Hampshire, England. The third of eight children, Hertha (as she was later called) helped her mother care for her siblings when her father unexpectedly died in 1861. Hertha’s aunts invited her to attend a school they ran in London, knowing that Hertha would need an education to gain employment, thus helping to support the family. Hertha joined her aunts’ school and quickly found she had an affinity for math and science.

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After completing her education, Hertha worked for a short time as a governess and then pursued a college degree at Girton College, Cambridge University. She passed all the necessary exams to earn a Bachelor’s of Science, however was awarded a “certificate” instead, as Cambridge did not give degrees to women at the time. Hertha went to the University of London, took the same exams, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

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Hertha continued her work in mathematics, even getting published in Educational Times. In 1884, she patented a line-divider a drawing device for engineers that divides lines into any number of equal parts. This invention was not only used by engineers, but also artists and architects. This would not be her only invention. Until her death in 1923, Hertha registered twenty-six different patents!

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Hertha was a pioneer in the field of engineering. She was awarded the Hughes Medal for her works in engineering–and, as of last year, is only one of two women to ever win the award! In 2015, she was named by the Royal Society as one of the ten most influential British women in science.

 

Go, Hertha!

Her’s Day Thursday

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A few months ago, my the school that my mom and sister work at was having a book fair. Huff the Tot and I went up to peruse the books and I came across this awesome find!

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Even though Hermione is still a tad young to truly understand the true BAMF nature of the women mentioned in this book, I decided she HAD to have it! And, while I’ve been on maternity leave, she’s been wanting to read it all the time! I’ve really enjoyed it too because there are many women in this book that I either had a very, very basic knowledge of, or had never heard of!

So, because of this, I decided to use this as my “outline” for my Her’s Day Thursday posts!

Today’s lovely lady is: Sacagawea!

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Not too much is known about Sacagawea’s younger years, however we do know she was born to a Shoshone Indian Chief in what is present-day Idaho. When she was twelve, she was taken from her people by a group of warring Hidatsa Indians. She was sold to Toussaint Charbonneau, a fur trader, and was made one of his wives.

In November of 1804, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis and WIlliam Clark to lead an expedition of the West. The president wanted them to map out the landscape–mostly the rivers–and make friends with the Native Americans they came across.

In 1805, Sacagawea gave birth to a son and joined Lewis and Clark’s expedition party. She strapped her son, Jean-Baptiste, on her back and was a vital player in the voyage. Because of her knowledge of plants and berries, the group had food and means of making medicines. She was also a translator for Lewis and Clark. Sacagawea managed to negotiate the purchase of horses when she was reunited with her long-lost brother and Shoshone people. And, because Sacagawea was a woman, Native American tribes that the group came across were automatically more trusting because war parties did not travel with women; i.e., they did not see Lewis, Clark, and company as a threat.

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When she came back from the journey in 1806, Sacagawea was not compensated for her time or toruble. Her husband, however, was given $500.33 and 320 acres of land (not cool, L and C, not cool.)

Even though Sacagawea was not financially compensated for her crucial role in the expansion of the American West, she is the only woman (aside from Martha Washington in the 1800’s) to ever appear on U.S. currency!

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Sacagawea is truly an American icon and 100% BAMF!

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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By now, you’ve probably seen the many, many videos circulating through social media that highlight “women’s beauty throughout history“. And while its fun to see how fashions and trends have changed (what were we thinking in the 80’s?!) I’ve noticed that it all seems to just focus on what the women wore, not so much what they were doing. My sister knows how much stuff like this bugs me and sent me this awesome video! I loved it so much that I had to share it with you!

The maker of the video, Karolina Zewbrowska, said that although not all of the statistics are from one country (some are from America, others are from Russia) she wanted to show what women around the world were going through at the time, rather than just showing their clothes:

“I became more and more aware that beautiful faces and fashion we see on the photos, ads, and fashion plates are just an idealistic version of reality…So here’s to reality.”

 

Get it, girl.

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Women’s Equality Day was yesterday, celebrating the anniversary of the day women earned the right to vote back on August 26, 1920. You know who we have to thank for that? These women!

Susan B. Anthony

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A leader in the suffragist movement, Susan fought hard for women’s rights as well as the abolition of slavery.

 

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

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Antoinette was a co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association!

 

Lillian Feickert

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Lillian served as the President of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association and later ran for Congress!

 

True, we have come a long way from organizing petitions and handing out leaflets to promote the right to vote for women. However, this infographic from Time.com shows we still have a ways to go, especially with getting more women involved in government. So let’s encourage each other, fellow ladies, and those young women coming up after us to pursue our dreams, reach for the stars, and know that we can be absolutely ANYTHING we want to be and make a difference for the better in this world!

Her’s Day Thursday

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While looking up info on the web today, I caught a glimpse of today’s Google Doodle. Wondering what it was about, I clicked on the image to learn more. And boy, am I glad I did! Because I found today’s kick-a woman for Her’s Day Thursday, Ida B. Wells!

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Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi just before Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Her parents were slaves but recently freed from the proclamation. Ida’s father was very interested in politics and campaigned for black candidates. This spurred Ida’s passion to fight for civil rights.

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Her parents and little brother died during a yellow fever outbreak when she was just 16 years old, leaving her and her other five siblings orphaned with nowhere to go. Ida’s relatives wanted to split the children up between foster homes, but Ida wouldn’t stand for that. She started working as a teacher to provide for her family. She saw discrimination first hand in the segregated school when she realized her white counterparts were paid $80 a month, while she only made $30.

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Lit with a fire of indignation at the social systems in place, she started working as an investigative journalist to uncover cruelties against African Americans. Ida uncovered the ugly truth about lynchings, after three of her friends were brutally murdered for crimes they didn’t commit. She wrote many articles about injustices against the black community and fought hard for civil rights. Her activism ruffled feathers, causing the newspaper she worked out to be destroyed. But she didn’t let ignorance from others stop her; she kept going! She worked with many notable leaders of the day, including Frederick Douglass, to promote civil rights for blacks and voting rights for women.

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Remember today’s “doodle” isn’t just about a neat picture, its about a great woman who fought hard for the rights of her people and her gender.

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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Raising a girl in this day and age can be terrifying. With the internet and social media literally in the palm of their hands, girls today can get such mixed and harmful messages. Though you may limit their screen time, the message can still seep in. This is why I am always looking for awesome resources to help me raise a confident, self-assured young woman!

 

For those parents of little ladies, I thought I’d take a break from my normal Her’s Day Thursday and share some of my findings with you!

 

A Mighty Girl

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This website is awesome! They are basically you’re one-stop site when it comes to finding media of all kinds that will inspire your adventurous girl to go out and change the world! Here’s a snippet from AMG’s “About” page:

A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!

After years of seeking out empowering and inspirational books for our four young nieces, we decided to create A Mighty Girl as a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls. The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.

Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure. It is our hope that these high-quality children’s products will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose — to truly be Mighty Girls!

 

7 Wonderlicious

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Though their website isn’t much, their app packs a punch of female empowerment for the next generation! The app (available on iPhone and Android) has interactive stories that promote leadership in young girl’s as well as educating about positive character traits.

From 7Wonderlicious’s About Page:

We are girls’ champions and superhero wannabees, we believe in the power of vision, hope, hard work, meaning and contribution.

We are going to change the world and forever eliminate all threats to girlhood, we don’t settle for anything less.

It’s going to be a difficult but a very rewarding journey, we will start small based on the resources we have today but we will reach for the moon and the stars.

We will start in the west by forming and supporting a tribe of highly resourceful, confident, happy, healthy and empowered girls, but we will not stop there.

Our tribe will grow into a movement of hope to resolve bigger, more complex problems affecting girls in third world countries and developing nations. There will be nothing that our tribe will not be able to resolve.

Our 7 Wonderlicious girls represent all women; mums and daughters that want to be free from false limiting beliefs that are oppressing their true nature and getting in the way of allowing them to fulfill all their dreams. Our girls will inspire, will guide and educate billions of little girls around the world.

Will you join our tribe?

 

Educating Girls Matters

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Educating Girls Matters is a non-profit group that goes into developing countries to educated young girls and women. According to their site, “two-thirds of the world’s uneducated children are girls, and two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.”

Their mission is to “provide potential donors with news about educating girls and links to websites of organizations that help educate girls/women around the world.”

 

Girls Inc.

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Girls Inc. has been around since the Industrial Revolution! Its original mission was to help young women who had migrated from rural areas in search of jobs in the factories and textile mills. According to their site, they “inspire[s] all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.”

The programs at GI are designed to help educate girls about what they are capable of. They seek to inspire girls to look further into their interests of science and math as well as helping their communities by learning/educating others about teen pregnancy and drug abuse prevention as well as adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know of any websites/apps that help empower young girls? Share in the comments below!