Heroines Quilt III
This quilt is in honor of girls and their heroines everywhere.
Every even year, we celebrate Women’s History Month by inviting submissions of girlhood heroines for our 31 Heroines of March project.
Each day, a new heroine is featured on our blog with an image and short essay. Our goal is to create a virtual Heroines Quilt made up of our contributors’ stories. Here is Phase III of our virtual Heroines Quilt for 2014.
Thank you to all who submitted this year. And special thanks to Katie Weidmann, who has wrangled everything into a beautiful presentation.
You can scroll through the Quilt in order or select random pictures to reveal the story behind the heroine—the choice is yours, so enjoy and be inspired!
Her parents left their native country hoping for a better future. So did my parents. She is the first in her family to attain a higher education. So am I. As children of immigrants, it was difficult learning English as a second language but hard work and dedication...read more
Kirsty MacColl has been my heroine since I was nine years old and went rifling through my mum's tape collection for something to put in my Walkman. I was a painfully shy, yet fiercely independent child (there‚Äôs a photo of me somewhere aged about three where I‚Äôve...read more
So ask me who my girlhood heroine is? I thought that it would be a simple answer, but there were so many! As a young Pacific island female there are no shortages of strong female role models. But I think you can never get past the first female that you will meet in...read more
My mother had a brilliant mind, a love of weather, meatballs and Lladro and a deep interest in others. She was equal parts irreverent, empathic and efficient. Her smile could light up a small Balkan state. She got shit done. Be it a rectal exam, a fiery fish fry or...read more
I first learned of and saw Hillary Clinton when I was sixteen years old. I went with my mother and friends to a rally¬†where Bill Clinton and Al Gore were speaking, and both their wives were present. She spoke that day and had such a command and presence that I...read more
One of the most influential women in my life has been my grandmother‚ÄìMyrtle Sleyer. Myrtle was the central person around who the family revolved and she was a big part of my daily life. She was there for all our special celebrations like birthdays and Christmas, and...read more
Mrs Isobel Morgan was the heroine of my girlhood. A sole parent, she raised her daughter and a magnificent garden of flowers and vegetables at 160 Vigor Brown Street, Napier, and taught primary school full-time. Hugely interested in music, art, different cultures and...read more
My girlhood heroines were the girls of The Baby-Sitters Club - Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory and Jessi. These girls taught me about growing up, responsibility, diversity and accepting others for who they were. Stacey's diabetes taught me that some...read more
My great aunt, Valmai Hook (known as Aunty Val to practically everyone), was my childhood heroine. Born the year the Titanic went down, Aunty Val was an intelligent, no nonsense woman; a book lover and superb cross-stitcher with a twinkle of humour in her bright blue...read more
She's tiny, can fly, and if gifted with a little sprinkling of her pixie dust, you can join her on an adventure to Neverland‚Äìthe mischievous, fun-loving fairy Tinkerbell was one of my childhood heroines. Girls can do anything, and this little fairy holds down a...read more
Ok, I‚Äôm a woman who grew up in the 80s, and yes, my first music purchase was Like a Virgin on vinyl. Being the museum obsessed person that I am, I still have her records and tapes in my collection. I recall many hours listening to Madonna, learning all her lyrics...read more
Lady Jane Grey (1536/7 - 1554), great-niece to Henry VIII, was named as heir to the throne by the devoutly Protestant teenage King Edward VI on his deathbed, as an attempt to thwart the succession of Catholic Mary Tudor. Aged just 16, she ruled for only 9 days, until...read more
When I was a little girl growing up in suburban Ohio, everything was very ‚Ä¶umm, boring. But one day I heard Diana Ross and the Supremes on the radio and it changed my life. I loved her voice and the music in a way that I hadn‚Äôt really experienced before. I guess...read more
"Training, sharing knowledge, helping others grow through learning, is¬†the theme of my life." My herione is woman who had an huge influence in my life as a young¬†adult. I met Linda when I was 15 on my first overnight tramp in¬†Fiordland. I learnt how to tramp...read more
Beloved changed the way I read and experienced novels. It changed the way I looked at history, both popular and academic. While great books had always been food for my growing mind, the way Toni Morrison wrote, her use of the language, her vocabulary, her turn of...read more
As we grow up, we keep our childhood heroines‚Äìbut we also gain new ones. My newest is Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, a character from a TV show, The Big Bang Theory. Bernadette is an amazing woman to look up to. She holds a doctorate in microbiology and works a...read more
I admit it, as a young girl, I was interested in things like fuzzy velvet posters, stickers, and wanted colorful binders with rainbows and ponies that I could get lost in while I was at school. Now, thinking back at my earliest artistic influences, Lisa Frank played a...read more
My girlhood heroine was Gwen Stefani. She was such a powerful voice in such a masculine music scene‚Äìskater/ska-punk was heavily dominated by all-male bands like Sublime and The Offspring; it was good to see a girl not only holding her own, but bringing the house...read more
When I delve into the snapshots of my girlhood‚Äìparticularly of instrumental female ‚Äòheroines,‚Äô one name in particular trails these memories like a shadow. Did you ever meet her? Her name is Sailor Moon, the secret identity of Serena Tsukino and leader of the...read more
For as long as I can remember I've been fascinated by Egyptology. My parents had a calendar from the 1970s traveling King Tut exhibition, and when I wasn't looking at that, I would tag along with my father to the library, where he'd drop me in the ancient Egypt...read more
My heroine is in fact a culmination of many, or more specifically, any female tennis player who has achieved top ten status over the years. I have always had an interest in Wikipedia biographies and when a player was in the media for playing a great match I would jump...read more
When I was around 10 years old, my grandmother, a Registered Nurse, introduced me to the Cherry Ames books. Written and set in and and after World War II, Cherry was a small-town midwestern girl who decided to become a nurse in order to aid the war effort. She was...read more
Growing up in a household of Holocaust survivors with a frail mother and a devout grandmother, I was taught obedience, encouraged to be ambitious, and admonished by fear. Stultified by the recitation of their nightmarish horrors and overcome by feelings of suffocating...read more
The first time I saw Dorothy Hodgkin‚Äôs name was in a chemistry textbook, talking about her work on the structure of insulin. It was one of the first things that interested me in structural biology. The more I learnt about structural biology the more I found out that...read more
According to the most common origin myth of the Greek goddess Athena, she did not have a girlhood of her own. Instead, she was born, fully grown, from the head of her father Zeus, after Zeus had swallowed her mother, Metis. This was a bit different than my own...read more
By the time I was introduced to Dervla Murphy through her book, One Foot in Laos, she was already an established dame of adventure cycle touring. Here was an Irish woman who had spent the best part of 40 years writing about her journeys‚Äìoften by bicycle or by foot,...read more
My girlhood heroine is a relative who was not related to me by blood. Grandma Ruth ‚Äúadopted‚Äù me when my dad painted her porch one summer. Winning me over with a wind-up toy clown, she took me in as one of her own grandchildren, despite having no legal or blood...read more
As I thought about who to write about for this year‚Äôs Heroine Quilt, I realised that throughout my childhood there was one person who I followed and listened to, without hesitation: my sister. This wasn‚Äôt always smart. I once followed her as she jumped into the...read more
Music always played a leading part in my life. Even from the very start it was loud and clear that my listening focused on particular kinds and waves. By the mid 80s post-punk music was at its peak, so it came as no surprise when I tuned in. Although the punk idols...read more
My love for historical fiction started when I was in elementary school. Some of my favorite books were the Little House series. I loved reading all of the stories about Laura and her family as she grew up in the Big Woods, on the Prairie, on the Banks of Plum Creek,...read more
As a young American woman growing up with an interest in politics, there were far fewer female politicians I could look to as role models. Thankfully, Hillary Clinton made up in quality for what the United States political landscape lacked in quantity. She is tough,...read more
‚ÄòOn the Good Ship Lollipop‚Äô and ‚ÄòAnimal Crackers in My Soup‚Äô were the big hits. I had her albums and would play them over and over again. My grandfather recorded me as a 3 year old singing these songs, forgetting the lyrics here and there, but still powering...read more