Celebrating Women’s History Month
When most women were little girls, they daydreamed about building castles in the sky (literally), wearing life-size hats over their Shirley Temple curls and walking in their mother’s high-heel shoes big enough to swallow their feet three times over. They were jumping rope outside, riding their bicycles, and dressing Barbie and all her friends. Perhaps, they even imagined they would someday become the next Nefertiti, Lena Horne or Emily Dickinson…and the dreams never ended. The “little women” in our lives light up our days with smiles and humble our nights under the twilight stars, making us dream for more, hope for more, and strive for greatness.
Like the blessings they truly are, little girls give us hope for the future; the kind of possibility portrayed by that of Quvenzhane Wallis, best known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Like the strength her name personifies and the warrior her character rules, Quvenzhane Wallis is strong, passionate – and gifted. She exudes individualism, star talent, and commitment to the art. Auditioning at age 5 and landing her very first role at age 6, she is the youngest little woman in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role [and third youngest ever in all categories].
A novice and the daughter of a teacher and a truck driver, Quvenzhane Wallis has made history – women’s history – all the way from Houma, Louisiana to Hollywood, California. A big voice inside of such a small body, her 9-year-old imagination roars through her character as she demonstrates how to take a graceful glimpse of the world through the celebration of connectivity, community, and considerable inner beauty.
Alongside accomplishment and unparallel achievement, we celebrate the inner beauty of many of the women of our time as well, past and present. Women have worked relentlessly for the advocacy of every liberty known to humankind, including working to end hunger, strengthening families, and crusading for International peace and security. What is most cherished is the considerable progress of the matriarchs who came before us – and the little women who will follow suit after us. Women often reflect on their struggles and strides, leaps and bounds, challenges and opportunities, but are stronger because of them, not in spite of them.
Many female youth of today continue to dream big dreams of becoming the next generation of thinkers, leaders, pioneers, mountain-movers, legendary heroines, and independent spirits. Others are not as self-assured in knowing that they can be the next Sacajawea or a young woman in history like Eva Peron, Lucille Ball, Margaret Thatcher, Rosa Parks, Sylvia Plath, Cokie Roberts, Clara Barton, or even Serena Williams…but they need to know that they CAN BE.
Though little girls should be little girls, at home playing with their dolls and sidewalk chalk, many are using creativity on a different platform. Quvenzhane is joined by an array of brightly talented emerging and living doll babies to include, Skai Jackson (9-year-old American actress), Zora Ball (above) (7-year-old innovator and the youngest person to create a full-version mobile video game application), Mackenzie Foy (12-year-old child model/actress), Angelina Sinclair (5-year-old dual-threat), and Seattle Renay (below) (4-year-old Entertainment Tiny Tot).
In a previous exclusive interview, the now much-admired actress – who wishes to be a wizard for a day – but aspires to becoming a dentist, says that her mother is her hero. Since her premiere and preceding role in Beasts, Quvenzhane will star in Twelve Years a Slave [accompanied by Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Paul Giamatti] and collaborate with Sundance for the second time around on a short film called Boneshaker.
As Hushpuppy says, “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece…the entire universe will get busted.”
The pieces that fit together in the universe include our little girls, our big girls, our young women, our wise women, our brave women. The global empowerment of women and girls is a strong commitment. Girls revolutionize. Girls make a difference. Girls rock!
I am not a woman but a world. ~ Makeda, Queen of Sheba
Love and Light for your Tuesday.