March marks National Women's History month and as a predominantly female-fueled company, we couldn't wait to share the women that have so greatly influenced us professionally and personally.
There are so many beautiful women we admire, it was a tough feat to narrow it down to a few.
Eleanor Roosevelt. She was just ahead of her time and was an activist at a time that was frowned upon and she didn’t care. I often look up quotes from her for inspiration and perseverance when I’m having a tough time with juggling my womanhood and my ambition.
Bernie Babcock. This is a personal one for me, but she is actually my great great grandmother. Growing up I was always told stories about her and how strong of a woman she was. At the age of 29 she was widowed with five children—and refused to be a victim of circumstance. One of them was my great grandmother, Lillian . Bernie was ahead of her time and didn’t take no for an answer. To make money for her family she decided that she would write, when refused because she was a woman she decided to change her name from Julia and Bernie so that she could write from home and publishers would publish her work. When I think about the time in which she lived and her circumstance it humbles me. She published over 40 novels, several essays, articles. One of my favorite quotes that she said was:
"Well — there’s nothing to do but keep trying. Who wants an easy job anyway.”
Anne Frank. So young, strong and brave. She humanized this unfathomable tragedy in the history of humanity.
Helen Keller. As a little girl, I was absolutely fascinated by her story. The odds were against her in so many ways. She was deaf, blind and mute, but that didn’t stop her from becoming an advocate for others with disabilities as an author and lecturer. She was determined to make her voice, and the voice of many others, heard.
She was known for her fierce independence and spirited personality - two things I think every women should strive to emulate. She was considered the greatest female star in the history of American cinema, and is well remembered as the only winner of four Academy Awards for best actress. But her accomplishments were almost a side-note to her personality. Some of my favorite quotes from the leading lady are:
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."
"I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun."
"It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack."
And Billie Holiday. For her song bird raspiness.