You can also celebrate Women's History Month by going to noceilings.org, where you'll find a lot of eye opening information concerning women's status throughout the world. For example, the United States is
1 out of 9 countries worldwide that doesn't provide for paid maternity leave. Or, while boys and girls test similarly in math and science, fewer girls pursue careers in these fields. We still have a ways to go, but hopefully, Patricia Arquette was correct when she said in her Academy Awards speech that "it's our time to have wage equality once and for all..."
Frida, who supported worker's rights and equality for all, would be amazed to see that she is considered a trailblazer for young girls and women throughout the world. Above you can see a young girl dressed as Frida with the statement "Because of them, we can." This is the name of a website that aims to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who paved the way through images, such as the one of a young Frida. These images are designed to "refute stereotypes and build esteem for our children." It's a great website and I encourage you to look at it: www.becauseofthemwecan.com.
I found an inspiring Langston Hughes quote on the website:
"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." Frida understood this because even though she saw herself as broken after the accident, she found a way to fly. As my friend Robin Delaney put it: "Frida was determined to live on her own terms. I will always admire her strength and spirit." I think Robin speaks for millions of people around the world because it's not easy to live on your own terms. How many women can you think of who live life on their own terms? Please feel free to respond to this question here in the comments section. They can be famous women or women in your life. Let's celebrate these women!
© Celia S. Stahr 2015