I See Me Positively ~ 7 Women to Spark ‘Girl Power’ Inspiration!
If you asked your kiddos to name five women in Black history who have made a difference in their community who would they mention? Perhaps they would say Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Sojourner Truth and the First Lady Michelle Obama? I know ours probably would. We want our children to know about the many female women of color who have contributed to America. It is my hope that our three are not only inspired by the women they see in their everyday lives, but by the accomplishments of many other women from the past and the present as well. I plan to share these 7 wonderful women this weekend.
Inspiration – Open a Bank.Want to get your youngest interested in finance or do you have a tween or teen with business or stockbroker dreams? Introduce them to Maggie Lena Walker. Walker, the first woman bank president in the US, rescued a failing fraternal organization and turned it into a bank over which she successfully presided for decades.
Inspiration – Become a critically acclaimed artist.Got a teen that is into self-reflection and creation? Then she would probably love to know about artist Carrie Mae Weems
Inspiration – Organizing and Public Relations in the fight for Social JusticeMen weren’t the only ones involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Contrary to popular belief African American women played an integral part in promoting and maintaining the fight for rights for people of color. In fact, I am not shy in letting my son know that while men may have made the speeches, women too were on the Civil Rights front lines. People I like to mention for this era? Daisy Bates aka First Lady of Little Rock, coached and supported the Little Rock Nine
Inspiration – Mobilizing and Speaking for Social JusticeIf you have a girl perhaps ready for politics or the law, introduce her to Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and encouraged blacks to register to vote.
We won’t forget the incomparable and world changer Angela Davis
Inspiration – Flying through the Sky and Owning a Commercial AirlineDoes your little girl dream of having wings? Even though my two have not expressed an interest I still have pilot on the list of people I would love for my children to meet. If Bessie Coleman was alive she’d be one of them.
Inspiration – Female Drummer with Sold Out Shows!Back in my day Sheila E. was the female drummer to admire. Today I get to tell the kiddos about Cindy Blackman