For Women’s History Month, today’s guest post comes from author, poet, and podcast host Kym Gordon Moore. Her post highlights an important point – Whether famous or not, you can move us forward as women, whether on a global or local scale (or somewhere in-between the two). Kym has a special way with words, as her poetry and this post show. She is also a dear friend. I hope you find this written piece from her as valuable as I do.
Kym Gordon Moore guest posts: ‘Trailblazing pioneers, unsung heroes, everyday leaders’
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Written in a 1976 paper by University of New Hampshire history student, Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich
As I ruminated about the question “Who inspires you in history and why?” for Women’s History Month, I thought about the women who have been extraordinarily phenomenal and inspirational to me throughout the years. As corny as this may sound, there really isn’t one woman I can directly point to. My PowerPoint presentation would be endless with a long list of women, past and present, who continue to inspire me on my journey.
For example, my mother influenced my early spiritual guidance and creative development. Ninety-nine percent of my high school teachers, who were females, inspired my academic excellence. My sister let me know that it was okay to dare to be different. Harriet Tubman, a former slave and American abolitionist, inspired me with her bravery and fierce determination to fight for freedom. Lucille Ball, Moms Mabley, and Carol Burnett paved the way for female comedians and let us know it was okay to laugh when we wanted to cry.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a Northern Cheyenne woman and warrior in the Battle of Rosebud, fought to save her people and rode with the warriors despite some opposition because she was a female. Maya Angelou, an amazing storyteller, entertainer, and poet, was also a powerful voice during the Civil Rights Movement.
U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was mocked for her unattractiveness, overcame challenges and found her voice as a champion for human rights on a national platform. Malala Yousafzai, who survived a point-blank shot to the head and was left for dead by the Taliban, continues to stand up as an advocate for educating girls.
So, while it is difficult to narrow my list to one woman who has influenced and inspired me up to this point, my tribe is too great. I stand on the shoulders of global maternal trailblazing pioneers, many who are unsung heroes and everyday leaders. These women fed and nurtured our minds, bodies, and spirits with unlimited possibilities of aspirations, courage, and hope.
Now, there has always been a patriarchal domination and focal presence throughout every sector of our society since the beginning of time. But men couldn’t do it all by themselves. We aren’t here to replace men. We are merely saying that we can make greater strides by being unified and not stifled of our voices, gifts, and talents to achieve great things.
Women continue to break glass ceilings by innovating, pushing the envelope to breach the lines of limitations, and boldly marching with dignity to entities where we were once forbidden to enter. Women refuse to be terrorized just because we are different. We learn to adapt to greatness, not complacency.
I thank those heroines, these remarkable women who have paved the way for us, saying it’s okay to take a seat at the table, whether we are invited or scoffed for sitting down, just because we are running with the torch of light to shine on others.
Thank you, Christy Birmingham-Reyes, with When Women Inspire, for inspiring us to think about women, famous or not, who have inspired us.
About today’s writer, poet Kym Gordon Moore
Kym Gordon Moore, author of We Are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook, uses her platform to shift and uplift the narrative of poetry. Her mission is to employ poetry in building bridges of dialogue by displaying greater compassion, awareness, inclusivity, and learning opportunities when creating unity within and outside the borders of literary art. Learn more about Kym Gordon Moore on her self-titled website.
Top image: Meet Kym Gordon Moore. Photo used with Kym’s permission.