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International Women's Day: A Brief List of Women and Goddesses Who Inspire Me


When I think of women who are personal inspirations, these are the first names that instantly come to mind. I'm sure if I took the time to sit and think, this list would be pages long!

Marie de France: 12th century author of "Bisclavret" and other epic poems at a time that most women were not allowed to learn to read or write, much less publish work.

Queen Elizabeth I: among her many accomplishments, she delivered England from the debts of her predecessors and defeated the Spanish Armada.

Phillis Wheatley: sadly, her real name seems to be lost to history. Named for the slave ship on which she was transported at age 7 or 8, she was the U.S.'s first published black poet.

Susan B. Anthony: champion of civil rights and women's suffrage.

Frida Kahlo: surrealist painter who challenged gender roles and persevered through painful personal challenges.

Gloria Steinem: I frequently quote her with "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off," and "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."

Carole King: along with composing the soundtrack to so many of our lives, she is among the most successful singer/songwriter/composers of our time.

My favorite goddesses:

Tara, in her many forms and colors, is the goddess of universal compassion.

Kali: just...everything...including but definitely not limited to leading you to salvation by liberating us from the prison that is our own ego.

Athena: goddess of wisdom and arts and crafts. Okay, and victory in warfare too.

Hecate: there is just something about the crossroads...and moonlight...and torches...(as someone who suffers from migraines on bright, sunny days, I am a fan longer nights and shorter days).

I hope this list inspires you as well!

All the best,


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