Strong & Independent Women
I spent seven years writing One Woman's Vengeance. Interviewers often ask who I had in mind when I created Nora Hawks. I tell them, "every woman I have ever known." Women have influenced and changed events since the beginning of recorded history. This board searches them out.
She has courage, honor and a strong sense of family values. She stood up to a witch and a wizard for her friends, never asking anything for herself -- until the end when she found she had the power within herself to make her wish come true.
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I've read her adventures many times and often wondered what Alice was like as a lady.I like to think she came back to find the real world just as magical, beautiful, dark and crazy as Wonderland and taught her children to see the wonders all around us.
Shirley Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. The Congresswoman, represented NY's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Dennis Miller has published his second novel, One Womans Vengeance. The book revolves around Nora Hawks, whose husband was murdered. She was raped and left for dead. She finds the physical and spiritual strength to exact revenge. Christie Martin sits down with Miller and they discuss his inspirations, his writing process and favorite authors. All profits from Millers books are put into a scholarship fund for MU students.
I wanted to create the strongest, most independent woman imaginable. Nora Hawks was raped by 12 outlaws who murdered her husband. She survives, hires a retired bounty hunter to teach her how to kill and sets out to wreak vengeance.
Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.
Olive Oatman (1837-1903) lead a remarkable life. She was the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States. I’m not talking about some little anchor tattoo on her shoulder, either. Oatman’s tattoo was hardcore even by today’s standards: 5 blue vertical bars that ran from her lower lip to the base of her chin. What made a teenage Mormon girl do such a thing? Was she the inspiration for the whore in "Hell On Wheels?"
Sacajawea. She was stolen, held captive, sold, eventually she was reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker.
Sacajawea, a Shoshoni teenager, guided Louis and Clark across the Rockies to the Pacific Coast in Oregon in 1805-06. She was treated as an equal, even being allowed to vote with the other men.
She was not only a strong presence, she was an important art collector, and the central female figure in the modern art movement among artists, and a major influence on a school of writers including Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and others. She coined the term "The Lost Generation." She was also out front about her sexuality, a century ahead of her time.
Ellen is funny, serious, strong and clear. She staked her career on honesty -- and won. She is successful doing it her way.
Her lifetsyle was independent and unconventional. She shunned the Hollywood publicity world and won four Academy Awards as best actress, had a 26-year affair with Spencer Tracy and became the symbol for the 20th century independent woman. After several movie flops, she was labelled "box office poison" and staged her own successful comeback.
Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set other records, wrote bestselling books about her experiences and helped create The Ninety Nines, an organization for female pilots. In 1937 she attempted to fly around the world. She disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. Her disappearance remains a mystery to this day.
Helen McCloy wrote mystery and suspense novels. She cofounded a publishing company, a literary agency, and in 1950 became the first woman to serve as president of The Mystery Writers of America. Her series character Dr. Basil Willing believes that "Every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints, and he can't wear gloves to hide them."
Maya Angelo is one of the strongest, most creative and independent women ever. She did a stint as pimp and prostitute to becoming one of the most respected writer-poets ever, gathering more than 30 honorary doctorates and reading her poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning at President Clinton's inauguration. She speaks to both sexes and all races.
"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Betty Friedan's controversial, ground-breaking book, "The Feminine Mystique" celebrated its 50th anniversary in Feb. 2013. Ms. Friedan paved the way for the "second wave of feminism." She founded and was the first president of the National Organization for Women. In 1970 she organized the first Women's Strike for Equality. She was easily one of the most influential women of the 20th century.
Malala Yousufzai. The Pakastani student was shot in the head on her way home from school by Taliban militants for promoting girls' education and "western thinking." The shooting sparked outrage both in Pakistan and around the world. Her story captured global attention for the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan. She made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2012.
Gabrielle Giffords. I can't imagine the struggle she endured to come out victorious after the Arizona shooting. Agree with her or not, her 13-sentence testimony on Jan. 30, 2013 was one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen. Her words came hard, but they were poetry and a hard-hitting demand. It brought tears to my eyes. She is among the most courageous of people -- man or woman.
Agatha Christie, the English novelist, is the best selling author of all time with 66 detective novels, including the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series and The Mousetrap, the longest running play of all time. Her books have sold more than 4 billion copies. Dame Agatha Christie was strong, independent and just plain classy.
I have the utmost respect for Hillary Clinton. She engineered a health plan in the 1990s and watched it get shot down. As Secretary of State she has taken on male leaders around the world. She has weathered emotional storms in her personal life and yet she remains strong, compassionate and independent.