My He(ART)-Full Life

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

kicking some ass!

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." -Maya Angelou

I am on a serious girl power steak over here!I don't know if it's because I have been sorting through some of my books, or the latest O mag or...But here are some women that I think are seriously kicking some ass!
*Winnie Mandela-say what you will about her, she's her own woman!
* Dr. Vandana Siva-where would I even begin?
* Mary Oliver-besides her poetry that makes us swoon...this month's interview in O mag has me head over heels in love with her
* Oprah-no need to expand on this!
* Toni Morrsion-yes she won the Nobel and the Pulitzer ...but all you have to do is read her words or hear her speak to know...this is greatness right here. Her work is rich poetry woven like a tapestry of the human soul. I heard her speak once...a long time ago. All I could do was tremble.
*Bethany Hamilton-after a shark bit off one of her arms while surfing, this 13 year old girl decided to continue surfing (!!) and even took up snowboarding!! Okay...can we say amazing?
* Waris Dirie -this super successful supermodel from Somalia tirelessly works to stop female genital mutilation; a common occurrence in so many parts of the world.
* Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes-love this woman! Her spirit,. mind, soul and intellect stir me to no ends.
* Rita Banerji-can we say powerhouse??
* Dr. Wangari Maathai: Besides winning the Nobel, being an environmental activist and getting elected to Parliament...her former husband said they divorced because Maathai was "“too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn and too hard to control.”...Hmmm!
Of course there are a gazillion more over the top amazing girls and women who ...are seriously kicking ass out there. Can you share a few of your faves?


SooZeQue said...

WHAT! No Bad Ass Welders!

jane smith said...

Serious Girl Power...Pema Chodron, my favorite Buddhist woman-nun and writer...oh she is wise and open and lovely and funny! And how about Sabrina Ward Harrison...her art is fabulous!

kelly said...

Boy, did you just turn my day around...I mean, I thought I was doing pretty good...but, now I definitely want to go out and kick some ass! :)
(p.s. My eye is good. All back to normal, I think. Thanks for asking. X0!)

Sophie Munns said...

Well... just popped over from the wpnderful Art Propelled and really liked this post...(and your blog). Adore what Vindana Shiva is bringing to the world... and many others on your list.
Any blogger who gives energy to championing others is I believe also worthy of honour.
I could add many names to this list... but delighted to have been reminded of a number on your list!