By Tricia Lunt, English Faculty
I know amazing ladies, four fabulous sisters and one remarkable mother introduced me to the world of women.
My mother stressed the importance of female friendships, and I have had the unbelievable good fortune to have met terrific girls and women throughout my life. I have giggled along with their silliness, learned from their example, been astounded by their artistry, and marveled at their strength.
Sisterhood and friendship with remarkable women are the source of these essential life lessons:
Laughter each day
My female friends make anything fun. Go to the grocery store with Jenny Couch or (and!) Leah Allen someday and you’ll discover how hilarious a supermarket can be.
Generosity of Self
Women share what they have and what they know. The first and best example of generosity I can remember is my own mother, single-handedly raising seven kids, yet still selfless enough to donate blood to the American Red Cross at every opportunity, having given twelve gallons thus far. She explained that although she had no free time or available money, she still had something other people needed and it was her responsibility to help others any way she could.
The members of my book club—ten tremendous ladies—have another thing in common: volunteer service at 826 Chicago. Women historically volunteered more often because they had more free time if they didn’t work outside the home, but all the women I know through volunteer experiences work full time, at least.
One of my frequent complaints in book club is that most of the literature we read doesn’t fully represent the complex awesomeness of women, only rarely coming close to the depth of person-hood I know to be present in all women, and magnificently visible in those allowed to flourish.
My favorite kind of historical woman is fierce, fearless, and uncompromising, wielding an unwavering belief in her own voice, talent, power, and path to prominence.
Women in history amaze their admirers. The amount effort and tenacity they possess simply to fulfill their inherent talents and realize their full potential is astounding. Extraordinary women who transcend repression, a few of my chosen female trailblazers include:
Artemesia Gentileshci (1593-1656)
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
Jane Addams (1860-1935)
Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
Dolores Huerta (1930- )
Ruth Bader Ginsberg (1933- )
Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Dr. E. Sara Huh (1980?- ) [Seymour sends his best]
Malala Yousafzai (1997- )
Persistence when faced with Problems
Every woman. Everywhere.
Female heads of state are commonplace in every other industrialized nation, and they perform precisely as any other leader does, imperfectly but with conviction. I eagerly await the election of our first female president.
Just this summer we enjoyed the amazing accomplishments of the Women’s Olympic gymnastics team—young, strong, diverse, determined women, succeeding on their own and together, an ideal model for the future of feminism.
Much is said of the capabilities women possess, or lack.
Capable of every worthy thing is what I know women to be.