Today is International Women’s Day, whether you only have sons, daughters, both or no kids I hope you believe this day is important too. Women suggested a women’s day back in 1910, some countries then began to celebrate it at the end of February, however, it wasn’t adopted by the United Nations until 1975 and it is still ignored by some counties today. That’s insane! Women have been harassed and physically attacked because of this holiday. Because of equal rights.

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I’m going to stop there because I can get real political now but I don’t want to. I don’t want to have the argument about me being scared for my daughters future. I painted her this picture because although I do tell her she is beautiful daily, I want her to know that she is more than that.

If you don’t have a daughter I know these words are great to tell your sons as well. Our children are these things and they need to be reminded of them.

One book I love to read with her is “Dear Girl” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. It talks about loving your looks, what you have to say is also important, it’s okay to have certain moods sometimes, it’s okay to be silly, reach out and meet new people, and that it’s okay to say no. The inside cover flap says ages 4-8 but I believe girls of all ages can love this book.

Last year I ordered both of the “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls,” her teacher recommended them to me. To be honest, I was hoping they were written more of actual short stories instead of just a paragraph but I do love flipping through and reading about all of these amazing women. The art work in the books are all by different female artist, Azalea loves to draw so I’m glad I’m able to show her all of these different styles in one book.

img_5244.jpgI wanted to share a few of the women that are mentioned in the books, it was hard to decide who I wanted to talk about but I was able to pick three. First is Joan Jett; depending on how old you are and the music you or your parents listened to, you might know who she is. If you don’t, I suggest YouTubing her. I was so happy to see her in these books because Rock ‘n Roll is a male dominated profession. At 14 she started and all girl band  called ‘The Runaways.’ How cool is that? Later on when she went solo, many record labels turned her down. (23 major labels.) She didn’t let that stop her so she created her own label in 1980 called Blackheart Records. Joan Jett became Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and in 2015 they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

IMG_5245Isn’t it funny how some people used to be scared of women who were great healers? Well that happened to Mary Seacole, she was part Jamaican and Scottish. Mary was learned from her mother and then when she was older she traveled to other countries to learn how they heal their wounded. During the Crimean war she got denied by the British Army to help the wounded so she created the British Hotel where she tended to wounded soldiers. Mary also wrote and autobiography called “Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands” and it’s the first autobiography written by a black women in Britain.

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Lastly I want to talk about Ashley Fiolek. She is currently retired from her motocross career but while she was racing she did some pretty cool stuff. She won the Women’s Motocross Championship in 2008, 2009, 2011, and in 2012. She is the first female Motocross racer to make the cover of Transworld Motocross Magazine. In 2009 she became the first woman to be signed to the American Honda Racing Factory team. Should I mention she’s deaf? I don’t know about you but I think your hearing is pretty important when it comes to racing to help you hear all of your surroundings. Other people thought the same because they all kept telling her she couldn’t race because of this.

What books with strong female characters do you like to read? What women do you find inspiring? Let us know!

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