"Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice." ~Corazon Aquino
A self-proclaimed 'plain housewife', Corazon Aquino rose in relevance after her husband, Benigno Simeon Aquino, Jr. (political rival of Ferdinand E. Marcos) was assassinated, She emerged not only as the first female president of the Philippines, but also the first female president in Asia.
As President, she led the country to revolution—limiting presidential powers and giving power back to the people. Aquino emphasized the importance of human rights and civil liberties. And perhaps most notably, she managed to maintain peace over the years, despite the prevalence of Communist insurgencies and Islamist secession movements.
"Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.” ~Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn is one of the most awarded and renowned actresses of all time—winning four Oscars for Best Actress—a record for any performer that stands to this day. Known for being fiercely independent and highly spirited, Hepburn refused to conform to society's expectations of women. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.
Hepburn's versatility made her a standout film star. Accordingly, she was named the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema by the American Film Institute. To many, she remains the epitome of the "modern woman" of the twentieth century.
"The future of the planet concerns all of us, and we should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don't need a diploma to plant a tree." ~Wangari Muta Maathai from Unbowed
Wangari Maathi founded the Green Belt Movement—an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 'her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.' She became the first African woman, and the first environmentalist, to win the prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized her accomplishments in their announcement of her win stating, 'Maathai stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya. Her unique forms of action have contributed to drawing attention to political oppression—nationally and internationally. She has served as inspiration for many in the fight for democratic rights and has especially encouraged women to better their situation.'
"If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest." ~Corrie ten Boom
After the death of her mother, and the end of a romance, Corrie ten Boom trained to be a watchmaker. In 1922, she became the first woman licensed as a watchmaker in Holland. In addition to working in her father's shop, she established a youth club for teenage girls--providing religious instruction, as well as classes in the performing arts, sewing, and handicrafts. During WWII, Corrie ten Boom became a leader in the "Beje" movement—overseeing a network of "safe houses" in the country.
Because of her family's activism efforts, it is believed that approximately 800 Jewish lives were saved from Nazi persecution. Corrie ten Boom is a spiritual warrior who chose to forgive her oppressors, and give all glory and credit to God. She died at the age of 91 on her birthday. According to Jewish tradition, only those who are especially blessed are granted the privilege of dying on the date they were born.
“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.” ~Kate Chopin from The Awakening
Kate Chopin is an American writer best known for her controversial novel The Awakening—the story of a woman trapped in the confines of an oppressive society. Not many writers during the mid-to late 19th century were bold enough to address subjects that Chopin willingly confronted--particularly female sexuality, motherhood, and marital infidelity. Consequently, the novel received negative reviews by critics for its scandalous content. It took decades for her to be recognized as a leading writer of her time.
In 1969 Norwegian critic Per Seyersted finally did her justice. Kate Chopin, he wrote, “broke new ground in American literature. She was the first woman writer in her country to accept passion as a legitimate subject for serious, outspoken fiction. Revolting against tradition and authority; with a daring which we can hardy fathom today; with an uncompromising honesty and no trace of sensationalism, she undertook to give the unsparing truth about woman’s submerged life. She was something of a pioneer in the amoral treatment of sexuality, of divorce, and of woman’s urge for an existential authenticity. She is in many respects a modern writer, particularly in her awareness of the complexities of truth and the complications of freedom.” Today, The Awakening is considered a landmark work of early feminism.
Glory B's unifies all of what I love most—the earth and its natural elements like stone and wood; the creative arts, whether through the written word, or photography, or paint; and helping others to make the world a better place.