She's a Killer Queen
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
We’ll never tire of celebrating the women, past and present, who have paved the way for women around the world. To be a woman is to be bold, inquisitive and above all, fearless in a world that continues to limit us. We’re fighters, lovers, dreamers and creators. The Bavarian phrase mia san mia (english: we are we) encompasses the multiplicity of being a woman. We are we. We are ourselves and we belong to no one.
Today, and every day henceforth, we will raise our glasses to women around the world.
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. – Unknown
Josephine Baker (1906-1975), considered one of the best entertainers to have ever lived, is more than a dancer from the jazz age. She fell in love with dance and landed on Broadway before discrimination forced her to flee to Europe where the star lit up the European sky.
“You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.”
Frida Kahlo is (1907-1954) is undoubtedly one of the most influential Mexican artists of all time. The painter picked up a brush after suffering a horrific bus crash and continued to paint until her last days, battling her inner demons and enchanting those she met with her unconventional beauty.
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
“She was dressed in a turquoise-blue chiffon sari with silver sequins sparkling like stars on a moonless night. She looked around with her large almond eyes. Everyone stood up. As Hillaire Belloc [Anglo-French writer and historian] once described someone, ‘her face was like the king’s command when all the swords are drawn.”
New York Times Magazine reporter (1966)
Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) is renowned for her beauty and grace and praised for her intellect and diplimacy, attributes that led her to encounters with Caesar, who was one of the most powerful men at the time.
“I will not be triumphed over”
Many men can say they’ve walked on the moon but only Valentina Tereshkova can claim to be the first woman to have flown into space. Tired of simply gazing at the stars, the engineer and cosmonaut decided to explore the skies.
“On Earth, men and women are taking the same risks. Why shouldn't we be taking the same risks in space?”