Thursday, August 5, 2010

Currency of Strength - The Exhibit Comes to a Close...

Hello and welcome to Day Three, the final day of "Currency of Strength" where you can view and read about the women I chose for my art-piece submitted to the exhibit "MARCH: Women and Strength" held in the city of Ventura in March 2010. If you missed the first two days, you can go back to read Day One and Day Two...

Today we will discuss the final two women of the currency...they may be last, but they are certainly NOT least!

Feel free to click on the images below to read the information on the bills...

The Women: Helen Keller & Nellie Bly

Helen Keller

Helen Keller made a very strong impression on me when I first read about her as young girl and she has stayed with me for her amazing accomplishments in spite of her disabilities. As with the bill I made for Wilma, Helen also proved to be difficult to create. I knew blue was a good color to use for her but I didn't realize why until I remembered that WATER was the first word she 'spoke' through sign language...after that, it was a bit easier to create the bill.

What struck me the most about Helen was the thought of being unable to see OR hear yet she accomplished so much in her lifetime - she wrote 12 books, several articles, was a suffragist, a pacifist, and considered in her day to be a radical socialist. Perhaps that is because she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920? She also advocated for birth control, though she would not be allowed to marry or conceive children during her lifetime...

Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran)

I first heard about Nellie Bly when I put the question to my own dear Wise Woman: if you could have a "founding mother" on your currency, who would you like to see? Nellie Bly was a woman she told me of and when I looked into Nellie's history I saw a connection that many of us could relate to - due to her attempt to bring "72 Days Around the World" to life, we have what is now known as "stunt journalism".

Nellie Bly is the grandmother to us all really, for pioneering the concept of "Stunt Journalism" which we see today in the likes of Julie Powell, Gretchen Rubin and several others who conduct 'living experiments' in the public sphere to test out the concepts, theories or recipes of others many of which are now written about...on blogs!

Here are quotes from these women of strength and accomplishment for you to consider as you work toward your own goals and achievements:

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller

"Energy rightly applied can accomplish anything.
Nellie Bly

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This concludes the "Currency of Strength" Virtual Exhibit - Thank you all for stopping by to see my first "virtual exhibit" and I hope you enjoyed viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Many thanks must go to my dear boyfriend who helped me with my original art submission and helped me with the jpegs for this virtual exhibit. And many thanks to the amazing women whose achievements and accomplishments we have celebrated here. Because of them (and so many others!), I am learning to see that behind every amazing woman is a VERY understanding and supportive boyfriend...or husband!

BTW: remember there is a giveaway happening this week - check it out here and leave a comment of your greatest achievement this year to win one of the prizes .  The list so far has been fantastic and inspiring!


humel said...

These are fab too - like you, I hugely admire Helen Keller and her achievements xx

Louise Gale said...

Dear Monica, I love all of your strong women. Such a great subject..i missed the first 2 posts so im going back to read properly. A great achievement honey. xxx