February 10, 2018
This week's ZV Beauty of the Week is Harriet Ann Jacobs.Harriet was born February 11, 1813. She was born into a tumultuous time of great strife and struggle for people of her gender and race. She overcame so many of the odds stacked up against her to become an outspoken abolitionist lecturer and reformer. Harriet later became a well known author on the subject under her pseudonym, Linda Brent.
January 27, 2018
This week's beauty of the week is John Stuart Mill.
This may seem at first like an unconventional choice for our beauty of the week until you find out a little bit about Mr. Mill. Born May 20, 1806 he was an aberration for his time. He was a philosopher, a public servant, and political economist. He was very socially and politically active. John was a author who wrote extensively on some topics that were hot button issues of his day as they continue to be now. Liberty, freedom of speech, and slavery. He believed strongly in the rights of women and the philosophies that he held privately, he shared quite publicly. He wrote "The Subjection of Women" in 1861 making him one of the earliest men to write on the subject at all. While he focused primarily on the cause of the married woman, he discussed the topic of feminism with authority, especially being married to one himself! One of my favorite quotes from the book is this, “We have had the morality of submission, and the morality of chivalry and generosity; the time is now come for the morality of justice.”
John Stuart Mill was an outspoken voice for women amongst his contrary contemporaries and still has a lot to add to the discourse if we are willing to take a look at some of what he had to say!
January 20, 2018
This week's ZV Beauty of the Week is Victoria Woodhull.
Born September 23rd, 1838, she first made her way into the business world in the form as a traveling magnetic healer and later joined the Spiritualist movement. From those early days, the course of her life took what might be quite a surprise turn in direction. She and her sister were the first women to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street and later went on to become some of the founding women in the newspaper business! Victoria was a major supporter of the women's suffrage movement. This is not where she wanted to draw the line for women's equality however, and she was outspoken on the topic of "free love" (her term to describe the right to love, marry, divorce, and conceive children without government interference) She believed in sexual revolution for women and this made her a rebel in her day! Her refusal to silently witness hypocrisy without calling it out, caused her great scorn by the male politicians she publicly outed for being adulterers! Last but certainly not least, she became the first woman to run for president in 1872. What an utterly fascinating life she lead!
Cheers to Victoria Woodhull for speaking her truth and never being afraid to stand up for what she believed in!
January 12, 2018
This week's ZV beauty of the week is Jane Addams.
Jane Addams, born September 8, 1860, was known in her lifetime for being "The Mother of Social Work" which led her to branch out into taking on many social issues of the day, particularly the unpopular ones! In addition, she was an author, a suffragist, a women's rights activist, a peace advocate, a philosopher, but perhaps best remembered for her tireless work in the arena of settlement housing. She co/founded Hull House in Chicago Illinois and co/founded in ACLU in 1920! Miss Addams was finally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. What a constant battle she lead to give all the voices of her age the chance to be heard, and more than that, respected.
Your work lives on in the spirits of generations after generations of minds you affected and lifted up and the foundations you founded that continue the good fight. A life well lived Jane!
January 05, 2018
This week's ZV Beauty of the Week is Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.
Born in 1836, she was the very first woman in Britain to do so many things! She was the first woman to be certified as a physician and surgeon, co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women for women, the first female dean of a medical school, the first woman to be elected to the school board AND later the first woman to be elected as mayor and as a magistrate! In addition, Elizabeth was a suffragist and fought battles for women's rights on just about every front you can imagine. My favorite thing about her though is that she was best known in her time as "a woman of indomitable will who did not suffer fools gladly.".
Elizabeth Garret Anderson...Here's to being first and paving the way for so many brilliant women who have followed in your mighty footsteps and who still refuse to suffer fools gladly!