As everyone knows, or should know, March is Women's History Month. In school we used to color pictures of and learn all about notaries such as Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Anna Howard Shaw, and Maya Angelou. And while I think it's great to learn about these amazing women who've made women's rights what they are today, I also think it's important to acknowledge all the women who have made a difference in our lives, whether it be a mom or an author- someone who's moved you to believe in something you never thought you could. Someone who's given you hope in this world. And to celebrate this month I'm going to answer some questions on my blog (a few in this post and then one at the beginning of every post I do in March) and also only read books by or specifically about women for the remainder of March! I hope that you'll all participate in posting and answering questions about the women who've made your life special. You can use my questions or create your own! Also, I'd love to see a book list you create to celebrate women for the rest of this month!
Q: Who is the most influential woman in your life?
A: That's easy-my mom. We rarely get along, she does many things that I don't agree with, and sometimes she kind of drives me nuts but I love her so strongly. Whenever I ask her a question, be it a simple "what temperature do I set the oven to for baked chicken?" or "what am I going to do with the rest of my life?", she always has an answer. She's always trying her hardest to make my life easier and I am so grateful for that. She's always there and always will be and she is my rock.
Q: What woman author/book by a woman author has changed your life?
A: Hands down Sarah Dessen. Still to this day she is the only author of whom I've read ALL of her books. Her novels got me started reading and they are the foundation for my love of reading to this day. Her novels leave me both sad and happy but I always close them feeling satisfied and like I've learned another true, deep-rooted secret about human interactions and companionship. She's amazing!
Q: If you could go back in time and meet one woman, who would it be and why?
A: I think I'd go back and meet any of the women involved with the suffrage movement. Those women worked so incredibly hard, saw no results, and continued to work even harder towards something so huge for their entire lives. They are the reason I can even appreciate our president because I had a say. And because I have a say in anything I do I am grateful for the women who didn't and put their foot down and said "we need to have a say".
If you use these questions, while you don't have to give me any credit at all, I'd really like it if you posted the link to your blog in a comment so I can read your answers!
List of books I'm going to read to celebrate women this month (just books by women authors/about women):
1. Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
2. Savvy by Ingrid Law
3. Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
4. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarak Ockler (I'm actually almost finished this-it's SO good)
5. Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
And hopefully a few more!