Fascinating Women

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 10:37am
With Katherine Hepburn's death this week, I have been thinking about women that I find fascinating. Women that I would love to ask questions and learn from them. Women that I have always wondered why they did what they did or how they would view the modern world.

What five women (alive or deceased) would you love to meet and have a conversation?


"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 10:44am
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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 10:48am
Here are my answers:

1. Tamar from the Bible (Genesis 38-not David's daughter)-I would love to know how Judah treated her after she tricked him and how his tribe treated her.

2. Eleanor of Aquitane- I have always wondered if she regretted marrying and if she felt limited by her gender.

3. Mary Wollenscraft (writer of the Vindication of Women)- I have always wondered how she would feel about the modern state of feminism.

4. June Carter Cash (wife of Johnny Cash and member of the Carter Family)- I live in Nashville and everyone here adored her. She has always sounded like an interesting lady. I would love to talk to her about the beginnings of country music and listen to her play the dulcimer. Plus, I have this weird fascination with Johnny Cash.

5. Katharine Hepburn- I always loved her movies. Her mother, a pioneer in women reproductive rights, has always sounded like an interesting woman. I would love to ask her about her life. How did she feel not marrying Spencer Tracy? Did she feel guilty or knew it was something beyond her control? How did she feel about never marrying? Would she change anything about her life? She dated Howard Hughes and I would love to ask her about that too. She just always seemed so independent and so strong.

Kristi

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:10pm
Good question...I have 7! :)

- Julianne Moore (actor)

- Diana Gabaldon (writer)

- Cleopatra (queen)

- Coosje van Bruggen (artist)

- Berthe Morisot (artist)

- Mary Cassatt (artist)

- Sinead O'Connor (singer/songwriter)




Edited 7/1/2003 12:11:48 PM ET by iomoon

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:30pm
There is a sculpture at the local botanical garden that Coosje van Bruggen did with her husband, Claes Oldenburg. My youngest dd was so funny when she first saw it, she exclaimed "THAT is amazing!"

I find it remarkable that they are able to create together, when I'm creating (an article, lesson plan, home decor etc.) I can't have my husband around, he is always my first to go over my ideas with or to proof something but I just can't create with him. Heck I can't even cook dinner if he's trying to help.

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:34pm
Janis Joplin

Margaret Sanger

Sharon Osbourne

My paternal grandmother

Goldie Hawn

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:36pm
I find their collaboration really inspiring! :)

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:45pm
Wow....good question....

1) Mary, mother of Jesus. I think she probably had a lot more to do with the way the early church was shaped than she's given credit for.

2) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

3) Louisa May Alcott

4-5) My own great-grandmothers.

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 2:16pm
I always liked Lauren Bacall more than Katherine Hepburn.She seems like a real"gal".Kh seemed kind of stuffy and not much fun.Great bone structure, though!I really like (former) Queen Noor of Jordan.She seems smart and devoted and interesting,and of course there is the whole "American girl becomes a Queen "part(even though she is at least half Arab).As a little girl,I was fascinated by Cleopatra and Anne Boylen.I like smart,independent,interesting,unconventional and feminine in a good way women.I really like Ruth Rendell's books,and the way she seems to view the world at least in her books.
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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 3:57pm
Oh, man, that's hard. Let's see, Mother Teresa because I think she's probably one of the most compassionate, loving people that has ever lived and I admire that, Eleanor Roosevelt because she was such a strong woman in an era when women were not accepted in traditional male arenas, Bette Midler because I think she's just so cool, Barbara Bush because I also think she's just a really cool lady (even though I'm not wild about her DH or her son), and my grandmother (my mom's mom) because I'd love to have a conversation with her now that I'm a mother myself. She'd adore my DH and my boys and I wish she'd have been able to meet them all.

Oh, and Oprah! LOL! Because I really think she'd be a fun friend.

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 8:29pm
If you get a chance, go to the library and check out her biography. I didn't know her mother was one of our early sufferagists and one of the founders of Planned Parenthood. And despite what our newspaper said, her father was *not* a feminist symphathizer. He was a tyrant.

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