The roots of feminism were planted millennia ago; we must understand feminism throughout history to contemplate how much farther we can go.
The first black woman to have her likeness honored on a United States postage stamp did not happen until 1978 as a part of the Post Office Black Heritage Series.
The Salem Witch Trials that occurred in 1692-1693 saw a rise in the accusations of witchcraft in the United States. It’s a popular topic nowadays, especially with the rise in the pagan religion and practice of witchcraft. In these modern times, not a lot of people think twice about these spiritual practices given the increase in religious and spiritual acceptance and tolerance. Claims from back in these trials ranged in severity from witches sacrificing animals to putting curses on families and possessing young girls. Over the years that preceded, many guidelines were put into place on how to spot a witch, and the following hysteria resulted in roughly 25 deaths. The Salem Witch Trials have been largely denounced, considering there is not an accurate way to spot a witch, and even if there is, the tolerance and understanding towards the spiritual practice has grown so much.
Witch. What a powerful word. When I used to think of a witch, my mind would run to Glenda the “Good Witch”, the wicked with of the west, and the classic ladies of “Hocus Pocus.” Spells, black cats, culdrens, and black magic weren’t far behind.
October 19 is an important day in Jamaica... Heroes' Day. The public holiday celebrates the men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica. The day also recognizes seven historical figures who make up Jamaica's 'National Heroes'.
In 1846 a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale began a campaign for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday that is celebrated annually on a fixed date. Up to now Thanksgiving was primarily only celebrated in the Northeast.
One of the most Courageous women in history, Anne Frank will be an Inspiration for us women within the pages of history --- for as long as we have the “History Book.”
Possibly one of the most misunderstood women in history, the name of Maria Antoinette is well-known. The last Queen of France was sent to the guillotine at the young age of 37, and some of her last words were courageous: “Courage! I have shown it for many years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end!” Yes, this Queen is an Inspiration!
Rosa who? I can hear you asking. A woman, lost in history, but whose determination to better herself is an Inspiration for us women today. You could almost call her a Suffragette as she did not let anything get in her way to ‘get to the top.’ Rosa was a real example who showed us that hard work really does have its own rewards.
Cleopatra VII is a well-known Queen of Egypt. We know her name and watch the films about her, but how much do we really know about this woman? Her name is printed in the pages of history so Cleopatra VII must have been a remarkable woman.
On Martinique, an island mapped out by Christopher Columbus but later settled by the French, a baby girl was born on November 9 in 1848, the year slavery on the tiny island was abolished. Born on the Riviere-Pilote to a recently freed slave, Marie-Sophie, this baby girl was born during a very lucky time. Most of the slaves on this island were registered by one name and a number. Not surprisingly, after slavery was abolished, nicknames were still very popular. It was a racist tradition carried on even after slavery ended. Her mother having been known as ‘Zulma’ registered her daughter under the name Marie-Philomene Sophie. Later both mother and daughter were given the surname of Roptus by the island’s authorities. Everyone called her Lumina Sophie (a deviation of Philomene) and her nickname was ‘Surprise’.
CATHERINE OF ARAGON “Humble and Loyal” Born 16th December 1483 in Spain / Married to Prince Arthur 14th November in London / Married to King Henry VIII 11th June 1509 at Greenwich / Marriage to Henry VIII dissolved 1533 / Died 7th January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle / Buried 29th January 1536 at Peterborough Abbey.
Georgiana Cavendish, The Duchess of Devonshire was the great-great-great-grand-aunt to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Georgiana was born into the Spencer family on 7th June, 1757, and was the first daughter to John, the Earl of Spencer and his wife, Georgiana, the Countess of Spencer. The Countess said of her daughter: “I will own I feel so partial to my Dear little Gee, that I think I never shall love another so well.” She was born at the Spencer family home in Althorp. The Spencer family were wealthy and her parents enjoyed a happy marriage. Georgiana knew only comfort and love whilst growing up.