In this twenty-first century women are taking advantage of their freedom in a people’s world to innovate and create, manage and promote, and assert their views to influence others. Women are savvy enough to call on the sisterhood concepts of the suffragettes and thus network to bring concepts into being as businesses, pieces of art and inventions.
Today’s women owe a great deal to the women of the beginning of the twentieth century who broke down the barriers to education, membership in associations, recognition of their work, keeping the money they earned, and the right to vote for the leaders of their countries.
The courage of Rosa Bonheor, George Sand, Hertha Ayerton, Edith Cavell, and Marie Curie should remind the young women of today to discard fear and make new paths in any field that stirs their inspiration.
People with Victorian attitudes should be ignored, and young girls should be encouraged by us all to explore business and science, technology and engineering, sociology and the arts, and with wit and ingenuity become leaders in these fields.
Marie Curie said of courage, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we can fear less.”
I say, the more you truly understand, the more you can command.
Marian Keen An original Diamond Doll, Marian Keen is an author, who writes in a variety of genres, including historical fiction for children and the series Lexi Catt’s Meowmoirs—Tales of Heroic Scientists. Her latest book Lexi and Marie Curie Saving Lives in World War I will be released in August 2014, coinciding with the 100th centenary of the start of WWI. Marian’s work can be found at http://www.megsbooks.com and http://www.stresstonics.com.