Colouring our world - Influential and Inspiring Women
In 1946 Viola was a prominent business woman from Halifax and was passing through New Glasgow, Nova Scotia when her car broke down. She was informed that her car would be repaired the next day, so she booked a hotel room and decided to enjoy a movie.
Frida's life began in Mexico City in 1907, at the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. As a teen, her father enrolled her in the Preparatoria, one of Mexico’s premier schools which, at the time, had only 35 girls among the 2000 students. Her goal was to become a doctor.
Amelia Mary Earhart, born on July 24, 1897, is best know as the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. She flew from Newfoundland to Ireland on May 21, 1932.
Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist known mostly for her pioneering research in radioactivity. Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (physics,1903) but she was also the first person to win twice and in two different sciences (chemistry, 1911).
Virginia Woolf was born in England, in 1882, to wealthy and accomplished parents. She began her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1908, which was completed a few years later and was published in 1915. From this point, until her death in 1941, she wrote much more, including such famous works as To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929).
Carrie Fisher, born in 1956, was an American actress best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Though Star Wars launched her career she appeared on broadway as a teen as well in the early 1980s, and throughout the 80s in a number of other films, rounding out a solid acting career.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, born in 1941, has developed a career that spans decades and domains. An icon of the 60s folk scene, her music career is still going strong with 20 albums to her credit. Her songs, both beautiful and politically charged, continue to highlight the social issues of the day, but her activism does not stop there.
Born in Iraq, in 1950, to a political activist father and artist mother, Zaha Hadid moved to England in 1972 to study architecture and, having already gained recognition internationally, she opened her own architecture firm in London in 1980. At the time of her death in 2016, Zaha Hadid Architects employed about 400 people.
Emmeline Pankhurst lived from 1858 to 1928 in England. Best known as a suffragette who helped women win the right to vote, she was identified by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.
Dr. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928, became an incredibly influential author and thinker. Before her death in 2014 she had become a best-selling author, educator and civil-rights activist. She was also a singer, dancer, producer, award-winning actress, and historian. As a mark of her accomplishments and the respect she garnered in her numerous roles in life, she accumulated 50 honorary doctorate degrees!
Michelle Obama, best known as the former First Lady of the United States, is more than the wife of the former President, Barack Obama, she is a lawyer, a writer, a mother of two, an accomplished public speaker and an inspiration to many women and girls.