Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Feb 28 2011, 6:39 am in Elizabeth Blackwell, Marian Anderson, Queen Elizabeth I, Suzanne Ferrell, Sylvia Parkhurst, True Grit
Since I write western historical romances, both erotic, (THE SURRENDER OF LACY MORGAN) and just plain sexy, (REFUGE), I loved getting to go see True Grit a while back. When my son and I walked out of the theater after watching this remake of the old classic, we talked about what we like about the movie. One of the things he said to me was, “Mom, the person who had the most grit in that movie, wasn’t Rooster Cogburn. It was Mattie.” And he was right.
Mattie Ross had true grit.When her father was murdered hundreds of miles from home, she took it upon herself not only to go collect his body and send him home to be buried, but to find someone to help her track down the low-down murdering sidewinder and see he was brought to justice.She weathered low opinions men of the time had for a slip of a girl, nearly drowning in a river, shooting her first man, tumbling down a huge pit and being bitten by a rattler. (I won’t tell you how it ends, just in case you haven’t had the time to go see this movie.)
As this is the last day of the AHA GO RED for Women month and the Bandits celebration of such, I thought we should look at other women who throughout history have shown true grit.
Queen Elizabeth I: Talk about someone walking into a pit of snakes…the human kind. She took over the English crown when the kingdom was broke, under threat of both the Spanish and French invading, not to mention some rowdy Scots to the north. But her country had just gone through some very bloody years at the hands of her sister. Her kingdom was writhe with spies and traitors, advisors who saw her as nothing more than a brood mare to provide a male heir to take her place.Yet she was able to rule with cunning and a strong will for 45 years. Her country and it’s empire grew in land, strength and finances during her rein.
Elizabeth Blackwell: Growing up in England where she watched eight of her siblings and eight of her cousins die, Elizabeth decided to go to medical school after her family moved to America. Elizabeth was rejected by 16 medical schools but was finally accepted by Geneva (New York) Medical College. Despite the taunts of not only the other students, but the people in the college town, she graduated on January 23, 1849. While furthering her medical studies in Paris, she developed an eye infection that cost her sight in her left eye. Undaunted, she continued to study. She returned to America two years later and opened a school to help other women become doctors. She also raised money with her sister Emily and opened The New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857. Run by women doctors, it was the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Marian Anderson: Despite many years of prejudicial treatment, even being refused entrance to a local musical school after graduating high school because of her color, Marian rose to be the first black opera singer to be a regular cast member of the New York Metropolitan Opera. She sang for Kings and Queens, many presidents, including FDR and JFK. She also quietly fought many of the segregation laws that were in place during the early part of her career, by insisting on “vertical seating” in segregated cities. This meant that black audience members would be slotted in seats on all levels of the auditoriums. For many, it was the first time they’d ever sat in orchestra level seats.
Sylvia and Cristobal Pankhurst and the Suffragettes: (doesn’t that sound like a rock band?) At a time when women were little more than chattel, they literally fought for women’s right to vote. So passionate about their beliefs they thought nothing of chaining themselves to public building railings, smashing windows, interrupting public debates and even setting off bombs. Many of their followers, including Cristobal herself, went to prison, where they conducted hunger strikes to get their message across. Finally, during World War I political changes were made to give limited voting rights to women in England. In 1920 American Women achieved the right to vote through the Nineteenth Ammendment to the Constitution and by 1928 full suffrage equal to those of men were granted to women in England.
These are some women who have grit to stick to their beliefs, dreams or goals throughout history. Do you have any favorites you look up to? Admire? Or just appreciate their grit?
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Sign up for the Go Red Better U Program and receive two free romance e-books. From Feb 1 through May 31, 2011, receive one free romance e-book when you sign up for the American Heart Association’s Better U Program and one after you complete week six of the program. And look for the Eat Smart for Your Heart limited edition magazine (that features this offer) on newstands and in a grocery store near you.Go Red for Women is trademarked by the American Heart Association, Inc. Romance novel downloads provided by Belle Books.
Here’s your heart healty tip for today: Whether cooking or making dressings, use the oils that are lowest in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol – such as canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil – but use them sparingly, because they contain 120 calories per tablespoon. (I personally prefer to mix a small amount of butter with olive oil for most cooking, and vegetable oil for baking.) You can also cut back on sugars and oil in baking by adding applesauce to cake recipes!
As always this month, one commentor will receive a GO RED for Women pin and today I’ll give that same winner a $10 gift card to Amazon.com. (Heck you might use it to buy a copy of THE SURRENDER OF LACY MORGAN or some other book to make your heart race!)
Posted by Jo Robertson Feb 27 2011, 5:01 am in Jo Robertson, Women's Heart Health
by Jo Robertson Did I get your attention with that dramatic title? And the equally dramatic pictures above and below — a three-way bypass heart and Jomama in the hospital sans makeup? Good. Because today’s post isn’t light or romantic, and is only a bit funny. December 22, 1999. This is me holding one of my four grandbabies born that year. Each one had problems that required extra hospitalization, and my mother had died in July, so I’d experienced stress I wasn’t even consciously aware of. Here’s how it went down: I was at the dentist, tilted back in the
Posted by Nancy Northcott Feb 26 2011, 5:50 am in Australian actors, TV and movies
by Nancy Those of us who are, as the saying goes, “of a certain age” probably remember music’s British Invasion of the 1960s–the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits (fronted by that cutie, Peter Noone)–with hordes of screaming girls outside hotels. Now we’re in the midst of a quieter invasion, this time of Australian actors, who inspired today’s topic of guys from Oz. There are also prominent actresses from Australia, like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and several up-and-comers, but I’m in the mood to discuss guys today, so that’s the territory we’re covering. We’re all familiar with that Lair favorite
Posted by Kate Carlisle Feb 25 2011, 5:08 am in Go Red for Women, Kate Carlisle, Linda O. Johnston
Posted by Kate I’m pleased to welcome my friend Linda O. Johnston to the Lair today! She writes the popular Pet-Sitter mystery series and is debuting her new Pet Rescue series this month with BEAGLEMANIA. Welcome, Linda! Red Is For Hearts I’m very impressed with and supportive of the Romance Bandits’ theme this month. What writer wouldn’t be? Go Red for Women is the very appropriate slogan of The American Heart Association. And writers, especially those who write romance or mystery, always have hearts in mind. Why? With romances, it’s obvious. They’re all about finding the right person and overcoming
Posted by crocodesigns Feb 25 2011, 3:33 am in Aunty Cindy explains it all for you, Bandit Booty, Go Red for Women
Sorry to be a bit tardy with naming my winner from the 18th but– DRUM ROLL PLEASE! Congrats to JANGA!! You are the winner of the lip gloss and the Go Red pin! Please send your snail mail address to Aunty at our Romance Bandits email:romancebandits AT gmail DOT com
Posted by Guest Feb 24 2011, 4:59 am in Uncategorized
by KJ Howe Please welcome Pamela DuMond from LA, who is here today to share her adventures during the writing of Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (what a great title!). Thanks to KJ Howe for inviting me to guest blog on The Romance Bandits. I am a writer, a chiropractor, and a cranio-sacral therapist. Since my debut novel, Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys, was published by Krill Press November, 2010, I am also officially an author. In 1992, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago to marry the man of my dreams. I pictured sunny skies and marital bliss. I
Posted by Anna Sugden Feb 24 2011, 4:48 am in AHA, Anna Sugden, Bandita Booty, Rocking the Red
by Anna Sugden Thanks for all the fun and helping me rock the red! The cats have been busy – they got a red treat for choosing the winner – and have selected … HelenCongrats, Helen – you get an AHA Go Red For Women pin and a bag of treat-size chocolates in a red wrapper! Please send me your snail mail details through email@example.com and I’ll get those in the post to you asap!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Feb 23 2011, 6:44 am in Donna MacMeans, taxes
by Donna MacMeans If there’s a truth that runs consistently through history, it’s this – if the government taxes it, the populace will find a way around it. As many of you know I’m a CPA which means I’m usually tied up in doing tax returns this time of year – and I hate it. I’d much rather be writing or reading a good romance (“it’s research, honey”), or just about anything else. So to make this time of year, otherwise known as tax season, a little more fun, I thought I’d share some goofy and weird taxes and tax
Posted by Anna Sugden Feb 22 2011, 6:15 am in Anna Sugden, Favourite red things
by Anna Sugden Yes, I’ve borrowed that phrase from my beloved hockey. Come Playoffs time, all those teams who play in red try to rally their fans to ‘turn the arena/stadium red’ or create a ‘red wave’. In honour of our support of a wonderful cause this month, and the fact that red happens to be my favourite colour *g*, I decided to devote this blog to favourite red things. Here are my Top 5 Reds (not necessarily in this order): 1. My sports teams – amazingly, all of my teams (apart from the Yankees) are ‘reds’ – Manchester United
Posted by Susan Sey Feb 21 2011, 8:34 am in Go Red for Women, Oscar, Susan Sey
by Susan Sey Well, friends, it’s almost time. Time for the biggest event of the celebrity gossip hound’s year. It’s time for the Oscars, baby. Now I’m not going to lie to you people. I love celebrity gossip like kids love candy. We geek out for the Oscars like royal watchers geek out over Prince William & Kate. We’ll celebrate the opening monologue with a make-it-yourself sundae bar set up in front of the TV. But never fear. We’ll eat dinner during the red carpet coverage. Probably popcorn. What? It’s a whole grain. Now I like a Hugh Jackman song-and-dance