Our business cards have arrived!
These shiny little cards hold so much excitement for us! They are our way communicating to the world, one at a time, that this book is coming! We have so many ideas for these and we look forward to sharing them with you. Stay tuned for our next set of heroes! We will be adding some from the Y chromosome collection in the near future, but for this set we couldn’t help but start with three of the most amazing women we’ve ever learned about:
Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, the first female to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics. Pearl Primus, Trinidadian Dancer, a world renown talent known as "The Mother of African Dance". She is seen as a major pioneer in the field of dance in the United States, though she was denied admission to many schools due to her pigmentation. Alicia Partnoy, Argentinian Poet, and a fierce and loving advocate for the voices lost to tyranny. Her writing is invigorating and beckons readers to stand up and follow her drum beat as she pounds her fist into the sky with a smile on her face. She has become not just a hero of ours, but also a friend. We wish that we could say the same for all of our heroes, but sadly we cannot travel back in time.
These women were/are mothers. They were/are revolutionaries. They were/are brave, independent, spirited, fiery, bold, intrepid leaders who did/do what brave, intelligent women do so well. They skillfully walked/walk with dignity and grace but also immeasurable strength. They stood/stand firm in proverbial chapping winds. Oh and did they LEAP! at the chance to prove that they were willing to work, toil, practice, fight, and press on despite immeasurable obstacles. Whether those impositions in life be political opposition, religious oppression, patriarchal suppression, or racist and bigoted idolatry, they pressed on. With their spines straight, and their heads high even when adversity wanted to push their chins down, they succeeded.
Azy and I are dedicated to the dream that one day you will hold our book, and it will be a portal of pages providing you the opportunity to know these individuals the way we've come to know them. We hope you teach yourself and your children, your family, your neighbors, your parents, and your friends about these amazing people. Learn with us who has influenced our lives, improved our environment, invented the products and items that we use daily, and enhanced our experience as humans.
For starters, THANK YOU Maryam, Pearl, & Alicia.
With deepest gratitude and love,
Jen & Azy