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around town: we heart having the right to vote!

Can you imagine a time when you didn’t have the right to vote? As American women in today’s world, we may forget that less than 100 years ago, we did not have the right to help decide who runs our country. We owe great thanks to the suffragists that began their tireless efforts to earn women’s freedom and equality, starting at the first women’s rights convention in 1848.

susan b anthony, elizabeth cady stanton

(Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the founders of the suffragist movement)

Fast forward to the 20th century. Years had passed, and steps had been taken in the right direction. We had gained better access to education, lifestyle, and freedoms that had previously been denied. A huge milestone was in sight, as the suffragist movement gained momentum, strength, and support over the first two decades of the 20th century. The National American Woman Suffrage Association, comprised of various women’s rights groups from across the country that all shared a common goal, took to Washington, DC in 1920. Finally, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed, and became law, state by state.Many states began allowing women access to vote, and the female voice was finally being heard. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the law on August 18 of that year; the two-thirds state majority needed to pass the amendment. On August 26th, our leaders saw a huge victory in the passing of the law that gave womenequal access to vote alongside men.women_vote

(badass suffragist paraphernalia)

Cheers to the many strong women who fought for the rights we have today, and for each woman who stands up for her rights, taking us forward in the movement towards full equality in the United States and around the world. O+

6 Suffragist Picketing(4)

(they fought for us!)

National Women’s History Museum – Women in the Progressive Era

Women’s Suffrage – A historic anniversary!

A Tribute to American Women on the 91st Anniversary of Suffrage — The People’s View

Woman suffrage amendment ratified — History.com

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inspiration sunday: we heart black history month

happy february! there is a lot to look forward to this month, and one of the most important is Black History Month. this is the time to reflect a bit more on the important impact of African Americans in our little part of the world, as well as a time to learn and understand how racism affects everyday lives. most importantly, it is the chance to see that equality, acceptance, and love are the best ways to move towards a more beautiful world.

we have been moved by many talented, visionary, and powerful African Americans over the years. here are a few of our favorite heroes that we want to salute this month…

Nina Simone owned one of the most unique and stunning talents one could ever hope to hear. her songs will give you chills, from the haunting racism of Strange Fruit, to the sensual beauty of Lilac Wine, and everything in between.

ninasimoneMichelle Obama is the first African American First Lady, and has an impressive list of accolades, including a successful career as a lawyer. As First Lady, she has initiated many successful programs on health, education, and families, with a special emphasis on women’s issues including health care.

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Maya Angelou is a masterful writer, whose prose is inspirational, empowering, and bold. she has penned countless poems and books over her decades-long career, including Phenomenal Woman, a moving piece for all women that inspires us to to be our greatest… and know that we already are.maya_angelouRosa Parks changed the course of history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in segregated Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. from then on, she stood as one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.

rosa_parksBillie Holiday is synonymous with soulful, sensual blues. she tore down racial and gender barriers and broke records with her graceful songwriting and performing.billie_holidayOprah Winfrey has created a spectacular one-woman empire that encompassed not only her record breaking talk show, but books, merchandise, a (fabulous) magazine, and even a television network. her refreshing and lively work always focuses on the spirit of strong women of varied backgrounds, sizes, ages, and ways of life.oprah_winfrey


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inspiration thursday: we heart halloween witches

halloween is one of our favorite days of the year. crisp air. red leaves. the smell of cinnamon and cloves. pumpkin carving. apple cider drinking. magic in the air.

magic is that special something that the autumn season holds, the energy that comes alive on october 31. magic is a special thing, a connection with the earth, a sight and a gift that we look upon with awe and fascination. some of our favorite characters in books, television, and movies are these witches- amazing women who hold this gift, who capture this magic. this halloween, we will be watching our favorite leading ladies make magic, inspiring us in their power, beauty, and style as witches.

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(clockwise from top left) emma watson as fierce Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter movies

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as Sally and Gillian in the amazing 1998 film adaptation of Practical Magic

Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True were totally awesome in 1996’s The Craft

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, were Kathy Najimy were scary but awesome in Hocus Pocus

Diane Wiest and Stockard Channing make the best Aunts as Jet and Frances in Practicial Magic

Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer are fabulously over the top in the classic Witches of Eastwick

Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson are the sweetest couple as Willow and Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Elizabeth Montgomery was perfectly sweet and sassy as Samantha in Bewitched, one of the best shows of the 60s

Maggie Smith is beautiful as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films

happy halloween!!!