Some time ago, I coordinated a “Fierce Woman” photo swap. A fierce woman, for the purpose of the swap, was defined as: a mover and shaker in science, music, politics, history, art, dance, theatre, literature, activism (etc.) who inspires other women to strive for excellence. Participants had to find a quote by a fierce woman and capture (or choose from their collection) a complementary photo. Tynkerbelle aka Zoey aka Peppie, shared a shot from a launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She appropriately paired the photo with a quote by Dr. Sally Ride (1951-2012) who was the first American woman in space (1983).
Being a “wordsy” type of woman with a son who is both “wordsy” and “sciencey,” I have to keep up with space, astronauts, and a lot of other science stuff that usually holds my attention for only a few minutes at a time. I enjoyed being able to share Zoey’s photo with him and teaching him about Dr. Ride, but I learned a little something myself. While I knew Dr. Ride was a physicist and (of course) an astronaut, I did not realize that she also had an undergraduate degree in English. Of course, that did my English professor heart a world of good! I tell students all the time that a degree in English can place them on the path to any career they desire. Dr. Sally Ride is evidence–with a degree in English, one can soar!
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
I keep the photo inspiration on my desk as a reminder that it is natural to be afraid when I venture into new territory, but I shouldn’t allow fear to keep me from moving in the direction of my dreams.
What’s your favorite “fierce woman” quote? Share it in the comments, and maybe, I’ll make some photo inspiration with “your” quote.