Extraordinary Women of Style, Substance, Passion, Vision, Talent . . .
Today and from the past. This board began simply as ladies of style, but I couldn't resist expanding to women who seemed to have a veracious need for independence and the desire to go beyond limits!
Madame Gres -- uber fashion designer of the early 20th century.
Linda McCarthy with Paul. Although she grew up rich, she left a legacy of progressive causes including vegetarianism and kindness to animals. So sad that she died so young. Thankfully, her daughter Stella follows in her footsteps.
Vanessa Redgrave again: I adored her in Julia, but my favorite role of hers was as Ruth Wilcox in Howards End.
Yoko Ono, fearless back when and still today!
Amelia Earhart — not only was she courageous, she wore the coolest leather jackets!
Eleanor Roosevelt: - First Lady of America (1933 - 45). Advocate for civil rights and firm believer in the power of one person to make a difference in the world. Believed strongly in the rights of women within society and chaired the committee that drafted and introduced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the UN. President Truman called her the 'First Lady of the World'.
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people," Eleonor Roosevelt
Dancer/Actress Ginger Rogers -- she did everything that Fred did only in high heels and backwards--
”I’ll tell you one of the reasons I’m ready to leave. When I first came to Hollywood five years ago, my makeup call was at eight in the morning. On this movie it’s been put back to seven-thirty. Every day I see Joan Crawford, who’s been in makeup since five, and Loretta Young, who’s been there since four in the morning. I’ll be god-damned if I’m going to stay in a business where I have to get up earlier and earlier and it takes longer and longer for me to get in front of a camera. ~ Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly, photographed by Irving Penn, New York, 1954