Today is International Woman’s Day and I am sharing three women who have had an impact on my life.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank.
When I read Anne Frank’s Diary my life was forever changed. Her words had a profound impact on my being. It was difficult to realize that people did not all automatically have love and respect for each other. I was even more lucky to visit the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam years later where her simple writing is not forgotten and it continues to change the world today.
The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem.
She was the first woman I recognized as a feminist. She gave that word new meaning and I wanted very much to be a feminist too! She gave a new meaning to the word for me – being a feminist was not a dirty word, but rather a glorious description of what a woman should be.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou.
I will never forget watching the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton, not because it was such an amazing thing, but rather because of Maya Angelou’s poem. It was the first time I was entirely enthralled by the words of a poem read masterfully by its author.
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Great quotes! I hope to be able to visit the Anne Frank House one day; reading her diary at a young age had a similarly profound effect on me. It saddens me to think of what she would have achieved had she survived.
Well, that seems like a distillation of all that one needs to go through life. I felt the same way hearing Maya Angelou at that inauguration. Sigh. Back when a president found inspiration in a strong woman poet. Happy International Womens Day!
I’m going to tell you something that I think will make you super jealous: I have a signed copy of Maya Angelou’s poem On the Pulse of Morning.
Three wonderful quotes! I only knew Anne Frank (heard of the others of course, but never read something they wrote). I loved her diary and it was the little other book (I don’t think it’s even translated into English) containing some stories and poems she wrote, that got me trying to write too at a very young age. It’s rather silly (being Dutch and having lived pretty near Amsterdam most of my life) to have to admit I never visited the Anne Frank house though. Should try to fix that before we move.
I remember as a kid being absolutely floored when I realized that Anne Frank was also a kid. It just made the whole thing seem more unbelievable.
Wonderful words Kat. And from Kym’s post I think I’ll re-read The Diary of Anne Frank. One of the first reads to stick with me as a kid.
I love your 3. I’ll join with 3 of mine.
*First and foremost my Mother. Gosh Im missing her
*A nurse named Diane who taught me so very much as a NICU nurse. Actually I have to add some others: Madelon, Sue and Helen
*Someone I’ve never met but who impacted me: All of my blog pals. This community of knitters is awe inspiring.
Just right, those 3 women. I also “know” them for entering three stages of my life; childhood, young womanhood, and adulthood. (Now who can I select for my elder life?!)
aw, three very inspiring things! I was unplugged (with my mom 😉 for most of the day and it’s been a real treat to see all the posts/feeds focused on women. but wouldn’t it be nice if that’s what we saw every day? sigh … maybe in our grandchildren’s time…
Wonderful quotes – going into my notebook