It's Women's History Month! And what a way for us to jump back into our Chronicles.
We apologize for the year that's passed since our last one (well, almost a year...). However, sometimes, it's good to take a break and focus on the larger tasks at hand. But! Here's to starting fresh and to a new year. So let's get to it...
As a black woman-owned brand, both BHM (Black History Month) and WHM (Women's History Month) are important and cause for celebration. But this month, we get to celebrate the accomplishments of all women and truly recognize the power and force women are in and around the world.
With that being said, here are a few women that have majorly influenced us over the years:
1. Pocahontas (Matoaka) & Sacagawea - Both of the women made such an impact on our lives. Purely, straight (forgive us) badasses! And don't let Disney fool you with Pocahontas's real life story. The best part for us was seeing these women lead and we understood that as young as 5 years old. Sacagawea aided in the Lewis & Clark exploration of the Louisiana while carrying her child on her back! If that's not grit, we don't know what is. If you'd like to learn more about these amazing women, check out these links: Pocahontas, Sacagawea.
2. Isabel Toledo - Bringing it back to fashion and design, Isabel Toledo definitely took the spot. There are so many amazing designers we have been influenced by and learned their history. However, Toledo's design process and partnership with her husband was the most impressionable. From her vision to her husband's illustrations to the final garment, we've been enamored. To learn more about Isabel Toledo, check out the link here.
3. Amelia Earhart - We've all heard the stories about Amelia Earhart as children in school, but we leave it there. Such an incredible, courageous woman that went against the traditional role of women prior to World War II. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, to Hawaii, and to attempt circumnavigating around the world. Unfortunately, she didn't complete the trip, but paved the way for many women in aviation. Find out more about Earhart here.
4. Betty Davis - Talk about the embodiment of badassery! Betty Davis was the Queen of Funk. She wanted to break the mold and live in her power, against all of the challenges she faced, she made her music and impacted her community. Davis was radically ahead of her time, but created a voice for so many women then and now. Read more about her here.
5. Dominique Dawes - In the early 90's, Dominque Dawes was a powerhouse gymnast and the first African-American/Black woman to win an Olympic medal as an individual in 1996! She was fierce and beautiful. For all the little girls of color during that time, she stood as a symbol and definitely influenced all of us to push forward. For a quick read on Dominique, click here.
* Images courtesy of Google, Inc.; Pinterest; and, The History Channel.