My Hero Monday: Mary Shelley

MyHeroMonday

Hey guys! I’m participating in My Hero Monday (AKA one of the greatest tags ever) again this month. In the words of its creator,

It [My Hero Monday] celebrates female heroes in our society, and promotes learning about new heroes.

The prompt was to write about a woman who invented something. I decided to do a twist on it and write about Mary Shelley, the “inventor” of science fiction. So let’s get started!

MaryShelley

{Wikipedia} {Biography.com} {Poetry Foundation}

Name: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin)

Date of birth: August 30, 1797

School(s): The University of Oxford

When did I first hear about her? In elementary school, when I read the Great Illustrated Classics version of Frankenstein. I honestly don’t remember the story all that well, but I do remember liking it. Anyway, it’s been years since then, but Mary Shelley has always stuck in my head, simply because she pretty much created an entire genre in a time when women were supposed to stay in the kitchen.

Frankenstein

What makes her one of my heroes? Well… I guess I already answered that in the previous question, didn’t I? Mary Shelley wrote in a time when that was a job for the men, and she wrote well. Apparently she wrote so well that people were like “nope, you didn’t write that, it must’ve been your husband, you liar”. Which is admittedly pretty frustrating, especially since men being given credit for women’s accomplishments is something that still happens today- just take a look at the Nobel Prize winners- but still. It really emphasizes Mary Shelley’s talent.

I really ought to read Frankenstein again, to be honest. I doubt that I could manage the GIC version (they’re soooo oversimplified, but they’re good for kids), so maybe even the original.

Anyway.

Mary Shelley was also the second child of a famous feminist philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft, which is something that greatly impacted her worldview.

Quotes:

MSinvention

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.

Flove

I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy one, I will indulge the other.

MSfearless

Beware; I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

MSgoodevil

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

MSlive

Live, and be happy, and make others so.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Mary Shelley! Who are some of your favorite female inventors?

My Hero Monday February Schedule:

February 2:

Sam @ Bookish Serendipity

Mawa @ All Things Wordy

February 9:

Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination

Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel

February 16:

Bridget @ Stay and Watch the Stars

Cait @ Paper Fury

Isa @ A Doodler’s Freedom

Advertisements

My Hero Monday: Susan B. Anthony

My Hero Monday is a monthly blog link up hosted by Chloe @ Free as a Girl With Wings. In the words of its creator, “it celebrates female heroes in our society, and promotes learning about new heroes.” If you want to participate next month (and I highly encourage you to do so), there’s a link at the bottom of this post.


MyHeroMonday

Susan B. Anthony

SusanBAnthony

{The Susan B. Anthony House} {Biography.com} {Wikipedia}

Date of Birth: February 15, 1820

School(s): Briefly attended Deborah Moulson’s Female Seminary, home schooled by her father, Canajoharie Academy

When did I first hear about her?: In third grade, one of my assignments was to choose a historical figure who we thought should have been president and then make a mock election poster. I had absolutely no idea who to make it about, but then found a book in my school’s library about Susan B. Anthony. She seemed really cool, so I decided to make my poster about her.

What makes her one of my heroes?: 

Susan B. Anthony, along with her close friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, headed up the women’s suffrage movement. They were both pivotal figures in achieving women’s rights to vote.

Suffragettes

Suffragettes

She was also a supporter of the American Anti-Slavery Society. When she was seventeen, she collected anti-slavery petitions. As an adult, she became the New York state agent for the Anti-Slavery Society.

AntiSlavery

An advertisement for the Female Anti-Slavery Society

Susan B. Anthony (and the other suffragettes) was harshly ridiculed, accused of trying to “destroy the institution of marriage”, and even arrested (for voting) at one point, but she continued to work hard for what she believed in.

SuffragettesCartoon

An anti-suffrage political cartoon

SuffragettesCartoon2

Another

She was the first non-fictional woman to be pictured on US currency (a dollar coin).

SusanBAnthonyCoin

Quotes:

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.

This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex.

You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry.

MHM Schedule for January 2015:

October 5:

Chloe @ Free As a Girl With Wings

Evi @ Where Books Never End

October 12:

Bridget @ Stay and Watch the Stars

October 19:

Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel

Moosha23 @ All Things Wordy

October 26:

Wrap-up by Chloe

My Hero Monday: Shadowcat

{My Hero Monday Logo}

I’ll be participating in My Hero Monday again this month! My Hero Monday is a monthly blog link-up over at A Girl’s Voice and Free As A Girl With Wings (both of which are amazing blogs, and I highly encourage you to go check them out). It celebrates female heroes, and also encourages people to learn about new ones. If you’d like to see other blogs participating, or join the link-up next month, I’ve included links at the bottom of this post.

Since there was no specific theme for this month, I decided to go with a fictional character- one of my favorite X-Men, Kitty Pryde!

kittyprydekittypryde4

Their full name: Katherine “Kitty” Pryde (AKA Shadowcat)

Birthdate: Unknown

Current Age: She’s currently about 24. Her first appearance in the comics was in 1980 (Uncanny X-Men #129)

School(s): Various incarnations of the Charles Xavier School. She also studied physics at the University of Chicago and studied abroad in England.

Profession: Superhero, teacher/ headmistress (former), bartender (former)

When Did I First Hear About Her: The Wolverine and the X-Men TV show (which happens to be what first got me hooked on superheroes, and later, comics). She and Nightcrawler were two of my favorite characters by far.

What Makes Her One of My Heroes: Kitty is a smart- like, real, actual genius smart- realistic, and headstrong young woman. She’s learned a lot through her years as an X-Man, and really grown as a character. She went from a nervous little girl to butt kicking leader of the X-Men.

kittybobbykittyoriginal

She’s outspoken, strong willed, and sticks up for herself and the people who need it. She isn’t afraid to point out when people are in the wrong, even if they’re someone who she’s admired and looked up to her entire life.

Kitty is Jewish, and a mutant as well, (For those of you who aren’t big on superheroes, mutants are a human subspecies from the Marvel universe. They have superpowers, but they’re also a minority, and hated because of what they are- the next step in human evolution. Humanity has attempted time and time again to completely wipe the mutants out, simply because they’re afraid.) but she isn’t ashamed of that fact, and she doesn’t try to hide it in the least bit.

kittypryde5

And did I mention the fact that she’s a real, bona fide genius? I love being able to look up to heroines that are smart as well as strong, so that’s always a plus for me.kittyandlockheed

Kitty was one of the first female X-Men to carry a major story arc more or less by herself (The Days of Future Past comics, in case you were wondering. Originally it was her, not Wolverine, who traveled back in time and saved the day.)

daysoffuturepast daysoffuturepastkitty  daysoffuturepastkitty2

Also, she has a tiny purple pet dragon. Need I say more?

kittyandlockheed2

Quotes:

You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize this is it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along — that weird unbearable delight that’s actually happy — I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, ’cause it’s here, and then… gone.

My partner here and I have helped save the world at least twice! So a gang of street thugs is really no great big deal. Thanks for worrying, though. That’s sweet.

Just like a classic fairy tale. We’re all gifted with powers… for which we each pay a price.

Professor Xavier is a jerk!

And, later…

Tony Stark is a jerk!

I am Jewish. I am a mutant. And I want people to know who and what I am.

My Hero Monday: JK Rowling

mhm2

This month, I’ve decided to participate in My Hero Monday, a monthly blog link-up over at A Girl’s Voice and Free As A Girl With Wings (both of which are amazing blogs, and I highly encourage you to go check them out). It celebrates female heroes, and also encourages people to learn about new ones. If you’d like to see other blogs participating, or join the link-up next month, I’ve included links at the bottom of this post.

Full Name
Joanne “Jo” Rowling. She writes under the names of JK Rowling and Robert Galbraith
Birthdate
July 31, 1965
Current Age
49
School(s)
 Wyedean School, St Michael’s Primary School, University of Exeter
What books has she written? Which one is my favorite? Why?
JK Rowling was the author of the Harry Potter series, along with a few of “spinoff” books (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, etc.), and a couple of mystery novels (The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Casual Vacancy). She’s also published a novel named The Silkworm this year.
I haven’t read either of her mystery novels, but the Harry Potter books have basically been my go-to series for the past six or seven years. I’ve loved the stories for a long time now, and I think they were one of the many things that inspired me to write. If I had to choose a favorite out of all of them… Maybe The Deathly Hallows or The Prisoner of Azkaban?
When did I first hear about her?
My mom and dad handed me the first book when I was in third grade and said “YOU NEED TO READ THIS SERIES.” Well, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like that, but my memory is fuzzy. All I know is that my parents recommended the Harry Potter series to me, and from then on, I was hooked.
What makes her one of my heroes?
Well, first off, she lost her billionaire status because she donated so much to charity. Honestly, I think that’s something that billionaires should be obliged to do. Oh! And she was the first female novelist to become a billionaire, too! But anyway.
She went from being a single mom living in poverty to one of the most famous authors of our time. She’s one of the people who proved to me that yes, you really can make a living off of being an author, and more. Not that it’s likely. But still.
And finally, although I’ve always loved reading, JK Rowling was the one who turned that spark into a raging bonfire. She’s an amazing author, and, in my opinion, an amazing role model as well.
Quotes
“Wherever I am, if I’ve got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might not have lived at all- in which case, you fail be default.”
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”
“We do not need magic to change our world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”
Also, honorable mention goes to Malindo Lo (for inspiring me to write more diversity into my stories- you can find nevillegirl’s post about her here) and Tamora Pierce (for writing fantastic fantasy novels and amazing heroines).
 
Be sure to check out the other My Hero Monday link-up posts!
November 3:
November 10:
Bridget @ Nerds Inc.
November 17:
November 24: