Monday, April 1, 2013

Single Women Role Models !!!!

Single Women Role Models -Coco Chanel
Just flip your fingers through the history books and you’ll find women – remarkable women – who were activists, artists, politicians, and they did it all alone. No partner. No ring on their finger.

So, you’re single, and you feel kind of down about it. But being single doesn’t have to be a travesty. Your single status can’t stop you from kicking ass and taking names. 

Just flip your fingers through the history books and you’ll find women – remarkable women – who were activists, artists, politicians, and they did it all alone. No partner. No ring on their finger. 

March is Women’s History month and it’s time we celebrated women who left their mark in the hearts and minds of history and didn’t need a man to get them there.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Susan B. Anthony was a prominent figure in the Women’s Rights movement. She was the co-founder of the Women’s Temperance Movement and also co-founded the women’s rights journal, The Revolution. 

On November 18, 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. She was tried and convicted in 1873, despite her use of the newly adopted Fourteenth Amendment. The Fourteenth Amendment declares all people born in the United States were U.S. citizens. Anthony used the lack of gender-specific language to justify her right for voting, as she was, by way of Constitutional verbiage, a U.S. citizen.

Anthony was fined $100, which she refused to pay, and never did. She was not sentenced to jail. Ironically enough, from 1979-1981, and again in 1999, a portrait of Anthony was depicted on dollar coins. 

Did I mention she was single?

Famous quote: “Men - their rights and nothing more; Women - their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
Daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she was the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Queen Elizabeth I was so single, she was dubbed “The Virgin Queen.” The state, “Virginia” is named in honor of her singledom. 

While awaiting the Spanish Armada, she told her troops: 

". . . therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm . . ." – Queen Elizabeth I 

The English defeated Spain and emerged as the world’s strongest naval force. Elizabeth’s reign is also credited with the nurturing of English drama, which channeled the work of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

It’s hard to believe that the same woman who penned that sentence, one of the most famous first-sentences in all of literature, was indeed, single. Jane Austen is known for her literary work which includes but is not limited to: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Her novels are still in print and I don’t think they’ll ever stop making film adaptations of her work.

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971)
Coco Chanel is the famous, influential French fashion designer whose fashions have been branded under her namesake, Chanel. She is responsible for creating the “little black dress.”

On top of being single, archival records verify her status as a Nazi spy in World War II. 

Famous quote: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

This is just a small sample of famous, unmarried women who continue to live in history books. 

They were bold and endearing. 

Best of all, they never let their single status define them.

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