In honor of Women's History Month, I've compiled an album of heroines -- some of the many women who have influenced my life. (I've chosen three photos at random to share here, but there are many others.)
Each has, however indirectly -- because I know none of them personally -- been a role model at some stage of my life, either strengthening a resolve that was already there, or becoming a turning point to a new and wonderful direction.
"I told you in the course of this paper that Shakespeare had a sister; but do not look for her in Sir Sidney Lee's life of the poet. She died young —alas, she never wrote a word.… Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word and was buried at the cross-roads still lives. She lives in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here to-night, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed. But she lives; for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences; they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh." -- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)
Please take a moment to celebrate the heroines in your own life!