Women of a Rockin' Age
Celebrating women who rock it out and lead the way into the second and third acts. Please message me (Randi Buckley) if you'd like to become a contributor. We want the world to see the beauty, power and creativity, in all its forms, that is here in women.
GERLINDE KALTENBRUNNER is the first woman in history to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-plus-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, a feat she completed on K2 in August 2011. The 42-year-old Austrian has plowed through chest-deep snow, subzero temperatures, rockfalls that have caused others to turn back. Still, the veteran climber says she feels “quite safe” most of the time. *Why do you climb?* There’s a freedom in total concentration. Nothing else exists, only the climb.
Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie Bonaparte (1769–1821), was a military and political leader of France and Empress of France as Empress Josephine Bonaparte, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century. Josephine’s campaigns are studied at military academies the world over.
Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, (19211945) was a World War II French-British secret agent. She was brought to Gestapo headquarters at 84 Avenue Foch for interrogation and torture. In Aug1944, she was moved to Ravensbrck concentration camp, where over 92,000 women died. There, she endured hard labour and malnutrition, she managed to help save the life of courier Hortense Clews. She was executed on or about 5Feb1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was 23.
Hannah Szenes (often anglicized as Hannah Senesh or Chana Senesh - July 17, 1921 - November 7, 1944) was one of 37 Jews from Mandatory Palestine parachuted by the British Army into Yugoslavia during the Second World War to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, then imprisoned and tortured, but refused to reveal details of her mission. She was eventually tried and executed by firing squad.
Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin aka George Sand, was a remarkable woman - a prodigious novelist, dramatist and campaigner for all manner of political reform. A rebellious, cross-dressing, cigar-smoking, scandalously-acting woman writer who lived at a time that was certainly much more of a man's world than today. Frédéric Chopin was only one of many famous men in her life. After the relationship fell apart, in 1847, he scarcely composed again, before his death two years later.
This girl is quarterback of her high school football team, and that cheerleader is her girlfriend!!