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Love This..

Embracing your personal power, survival instincts (masculine energy). I can be fearless, I can be angry, I can fight.

SG x

Humans of NY

“I grew up in India where a woman got married, settled down, and kept a house. I never thought I’d do anything different. I lived a very sheltered existence. I went to a British school, then a women’s college, and then I met my husband. I assumed that I’d be taken care of for the rest of my life. But shortly after we came to America, my husband slipped into a coma and lingered for another fifteen years. We had a small child at the time. I’d never worked before, except for a part-time job in the bookshop at the Met. I was a very quiet person. And suddenly I had to make all of the decisions. I had to get a full time job. It was empowering. I learned that I could be fearless, I could be angry, and I could fight. These were three things that I’d never had to do before. I was thinking recently, that if my husband had lived, he might not have liked who I’ve become.”

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12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks

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I love anything empowering to women. And after searching the net for influential woman from history for a post, much to my shock I could hardly find any! They had no voice, they were pushed down.. and as a result the world is the way it is today – there is an imbalance in the masculine/ feminine principle.

I recently added a post naming ‘The Top 100 Influential People of All Time.

I was horrified that there were only 3 women and 97 men!!!

So here are some names of influential woman from history – woman who stood up and made a difference and as the writer puts it ‘gave no f*cks’.

Love these women!

Love and baby steps,

Silver Girl

Found this great post on Elizabeth Gilbert’s site. Originally written by Hannah Jewell – BuzzFeed

These are just some of the women who, historically speaking, didn’t give a single f*ck.

1. Dr Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910)

Dr Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910)

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English-born physician Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female MD in the United States. Rejected by many medical schools due to her gender, she ended up getting a place at the Geneva Medical College in New York, where she had to put up with a lot of douchebag classmates and a professor who thought she should leave the room for lectures on reproductive anatomy in order to protect her “delicate sensibilities”.

Turned out she didn’t give a fuck about delicate sensibilities and went on to become a world-famous obstetrician.

 2. Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935)

Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935)

It is quite possible that no one has ever given less of a fuck in a photograph than mountaineer Annie Smith Peck.

Peck scaled all the major mountains of Europe, then went to South America, where in 1908 she was the first person to scale Peru’s highest peak, Mt Huscaran, gaining international acclaim.

She was also an influential scholar, writing multiple books and lecturing around the world. She kept climbing until the age of 82.

Oh, and she didn’t wear the long skirts expected of women at the time.

And people were like, “OoOOooOooOh but Annie! Such immodesty!”

But did she give any fucks about them?

Did you, Annie?

Did you, Annie?

LOL, nope.

3. Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981)

Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981)

Mary Lou Williams, pictured third from the left not giving a single fuck, was a pianist prodigy and one of the most influential musicians and composers of the first three decades of jazz. She performed professionally from the age of 12, was a great influence on “Kansas City swing” big-band jazz and bebop, composed music in multiple genres, and was 100% badass all of the time.

Here she is again, without a second to spare for anyone’s bullshit.

Here she is again, without a second to spare for anyone's bullshit.

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4. Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)

Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth once engaged in the following exchange with the young suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch in which she gave literally no fucks:

Harriot Stanton Blatch: “Sojourner, can’t you read?”
Sojourner Truth: “Oh no, honey, I can’t read little things like letters. I read big things like men.”

SOJOURNER.

5. Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician (and an absolute baller) who is widely considered to have written the first computer program, working with Charles Babbage on his plans for a sort of proto-computer, the “analytic engine”.

Babbage once entreated her:

“Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible
its multitudinous Charlatans – everything in short but
the Enchantress of Numbers.”

Which basically meant:

“Don’t give a single fuck.”

6. Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943)

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Beatrice Potter Webb was a social reformer, economist, and historian who campaigned with her husband Sidney for policies to benefit the urban poor, working towards the first minimum wage laws, developing the early Labour party in Britain, authoring hundreds of books, and founding the London School of Economics – all while giving no fucks.

7. Lilian Bland (1878–1971)

Lilian Bland (1878–1971)

Journalist and aviator Lilian Bland lived a life full of badassery. In 1910, she built her own plane in Ireland. She didn’t have a fuel tank for it, so she fashioned one from an empty whisky bottle and her aunt’s ear trumpet. She then flew it for 30 yards – a very impressive flight for those days.

Her hobbies included smoking, wearing trousers, martial arts, motor cars, and swearing. She passed her retirement in Cornwall gambling, drinking, and painting – all the while, of course, giving no fucks.

8. Ethel L. Payne (1911–1991)

Ethel L. Payne (1911–1991)

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Ethel L. Payne was an absolutely kickass investigative journalist who covered the American Civil Rights Movement and international affairs. As a member of the White House Press Corps, she once famously pissed off President Eisenhower with her persistent questioning on desegregating interstate travel, leading him to ignore her in future press conferences like an absolute ninny.

Over the course of a long career, she reported for the Chicago Defender on stories from across the globe, and became the first female African-American commentator on a national network when she was hired by CBS in the 1970s. Some detractors complained about her assertive questioning style. Luckily, she did not give a single fuck about those assholes.

9. Murasaki Shikibu (973–1025…ish)

Murasaki Shikibu (973–1025...ish)

Murasaki Shikibu was a lady-in-waiting in Japan’s imperial court during the Heian period, and wrote what is believed to be the first novel in human history: The Tale of Genji.

Her father apparently praised her intelligence, but lamented that she was “born a woman”. In her diary, she records that she learned Chinese by listening through the door to the lessons her father gave her brother, because women were not meant to learn Chinese. Murasaki Shikibu, however, gave no fucks about this whatsoever.

10. Nellie Bly (1864–1922)

Nellie Bly (1864–1922)

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Nellie Bly was a daring and influential investigative journalist who wrote groundbreaking stories about political corruption and poverty. She once faked madness in order to report undercover from an abusive mental institution in New York City, which led to outcry and reform. Her jealous peers referred to her investigations as “stunt reporting”, but Nellie, of course, didn’t give a fuck about those whiny little shits.

Oh, and she once travelled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days, just ‘cause.

11. Nzinga Mbandi (1583–1663)

Nzinga Mbandi (1583–1663)

Nzinga Mbandi, the Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (modern day Angola), was a straight-up boss bitch. She took power when her brother Ngola Mbandi died in 1624, and gained international acclaim for her brilliance in diplomacy, military tactics, and giving zero fucks. Her skill in warfare, espionage, trade, alliance-building, and religious matters helped her hold off Portuguese colonialism for the duration of her life.

Nzinga, you literal queen.

12. Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000)

Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000)

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This is the face that Austrian-born American actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr would make when she gave no fucks, which is to say, the face she made every single day. She invented “frequency hopping” technology, which was put to use in a secret communications system and in radio-controlled torpedoes in WWII, which in turn laid the foundations for future technological developments such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology and led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

She was also a movie star.

Because why the fuck not?

Source:  Buzzfeed

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16 Female Role Models

Transforming Personal Pain Into Positive Action

The intent of this list is simple: to highlight the good work of the heroines of the movement to end violence against women wherever they are in the world.

The women in this list hail from 18 countries and 4 continents.

Many of these astounding women have shown that it is possible to transform personal pain that came out of facing gender-based violence into positive action to stop violence against women, to empower themselves and to show other survivors that it is possible to move forward with dignity and happiness.

They have refused to let bitterness and pain get the better of them, opting to stand up for themselves and for other women instead.

Others on this list may not have experienced gender-based violence inflicted on themselves, but they have stepped up to do what is right: to speak up for women and girls who cannot do it for themselves, sometimes at great personal risk.

All this requires immense courage, generosity of spirit and a strong enduring heart.

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Embracing The Feminine

Strong, Capable, Wise, Compassionate, Holistic

” I like strong, independent women; those who, through their strength

never cease to be feminine and never use their beauty as an instrument”

– Mario Testino

Creativity, Imagination, Love, Intuition, Faith, Healing, Empathy, Emotions, Sensuality, Holistic Thinking, Spatial Perception, Strong, Capable, Independent, Beautiful, Passionate, Present Possibilities, Impetuous, Appreciates, Philosophy, ‘Big Picture’ Orientated, Nurturing, Compassionate, Giving, Courageous, Powerful, Wise, Spiritual, Infinite.

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Empowering Women

Dalai Love

I am not a Buddhist but I love that the Dalai Lama is a feminist. I particularly like his viewpoint that it’s up to women to take back their power and create the healthy changes required for masculine/ feminine balance in our world.

Woman don’t need to be hard or to behave like men, they need to be strong, know their true worth, and be the beautiful, empowered and wise beings that they are.

To all the beautiful strong women out there … remember who you are..

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 The 100 Most Significant Figures in History… 97 Are Men!

So.. Where Are All The Women?

 From the perspective of women everywhere this list is very sad.

Three women and ninety seven men! Where are all the powerful, intelligent and creative women throughout history?..

I don’t agree with the list but trying to rank the “top 100 most significant figures” in history would be difficult and subjective.

History is a man’s world and this list was made by two men..

Steven Skiena and Charles B. Ward – the authors of  ‘Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank’ (2013).The views expressed are solely their own. 

I’d love to hear your opinion of this list and of where woman stood and stand as historical and modern influences and why?

The 100 Most Significant Figures in History

1 Jesus

2 Napoleon

3 Muhammad

4 William Shakespeare

5 Abraham Lincoln

6 George Washington

7 Adolf Hitler

8 Aristotle

9 Alexander the Great

10 Thomas Jefferson

11 Henry VIII of England

12 Charles Darwin

13 Elizabeth I of England

14 Karl Marx

15 Julius Caesar

16 Queen Victoria

17 Martin Luther

18 Joseph Stalin

19 Albert Einstein

20 Christopher Columbus

21 Isaac Newton

22 Charlemagne

23 Theodore Roosevelt

24 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

25 Plato

26 Louis XIV of France

27 Ludwig van Beethoven

28 Ulysses S. Grant

29 Leonardo da Vinci

30 Augustus

31 Carl Linnaeus

32 Ronald Reagan

33 Charles Dickens

34 Paul the Apostle

35 Benjamin Franklin

36 George W. Bush

37 Winston Churchill

38 Genghis Khan

39 Charles I of England

40 Thomas Edison

41 James I of England

42 Friedrich Nietzsche

43 Franklin D. Roosevelt

44 Sigmund Freud

45 Alexander Hamilton

46 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

47 Woodrow Wilson

48 Johann Sebastian Bach

49 Galileo Galilei

50 Oliver Cromwell

51 James Madison

52 Gautama Buddha

53 Mark Twain

54 Edgar Allan Poe

55 Joseph Smith, Jr.

56 Adam Smith

57 David, King of Israel

58 George III of the United Kingdom

59 Immanuel Kant

60 James Cook

61 John Adams

62 Richard Wagner

63 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

64 Voltaire

65 Saint Peter

66 Andrew Jackson

67 Constantine the Great

68 Socrates

69 Elvis Presley

70 William the Conqueror

71 John F. Kennedy

72 Augustine of Hippo

73 Vincent van Gogh

74 Nicolaus Copernicus

75 Vladimir Lenin

76 Robert E. Lee

77 Oscar Wilde

78 Charles II of England

79 Cicero

80 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

81 Francis Bacon

82 Richard Nixon

83 Louis XVI of France

84 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

85 King Arthur

86 Michelangelo

87 Philip II of Spain

88 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

89 Ali, founder of Sufism

90 Thomas Aquinas

91 Pope John Paul II

92 René Descartes

93 Nikola Tesla

94 Harry S. Truman

95 Joan of Arc

96 Dante Alighieri

97 Otto von Bismarck

98 Grover Cleveland

99 John Calvin

100 John Locke