Greetings from Liberty and Jenelle (Liberty’s mom) Wexler!
Liberty is eighteen months old and I have been taking pictures of sweet Liberty dressed as positively influential women in history and present day. As recently as four months ago, Liberty was an unknown 3-month-old before Today Parents commented on a photo on Liberty’s Instagram. From there word spread through social media to groups like Good Morning America, PEOPLE, and hundreds of other outlets worldwide. She became a viral sensation within weeks!
On Liberty’s Instagram, she not only shares a photo of herself dressed as the woman, she also includes a photo of the influential woman that she is portraying and a short blurb about these woman’s accomplishments in helping to shape society for what it is today.
I am hopeful that when Liberty is older and looks back at these photos, she finds them to be fun yet informatively positive. I attempted to capture these women’s essence in Liberty, the emotion of the person sometimes really can be seen in Liberty’s photos. In addition, I wanted to bring attention to their specific stories, to show how important these women’s actions were in helping to shape our current society for the better. I believe these women continue to inspire the young females of the present day to push boundaries and strive beyond equality. I feel it is important to pay tribute to the women who fought for and helped protect and further women’s causes. I only hope these are the individuals that Liberty herself chooses to admire and aspire to be like.
I am getting such a positive response from my friends and family that they are now having fun giving me suggestions for future women to portray! I keep getting told that these photos of Liberty brighten their day and bring a smile to their faces which helps with my decision to want to continue with the photos. I have quite a few more women and their stories already in mind with costumes and future shoots in the works! (My dining room table is covered with these ideas) I also have a few other ideas for future photos that I may add to Liberty’s growing portfolio…think women in the workforce portraying equality. My mind is always churning.
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1 Rosie The Riveter
Rosie The Riveter
A cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol of American feminism and women’s economic power.
2 Nina Simone
Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone In many ways, Simone’s music defied standard definitions. Her classical training showed through, no matter what genre of song she played, and she drew from a well of sources that included gospel, pop and folk. By the mid-1960s, Simone became known as the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. She wrote “Mississippi Goddam” in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls. She also penned “Four Women,” chronicling the complex histories of a quartet of African-American female figures, and “Young, Gifted and Black,” borrowing the title of a play by Hansberry, which became a popular anthem.
3 Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg is a 16 years old Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxStockholm, in December she addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference and in January 2019 she was invited to talk to the World Economic Forum at Davos. Thunberg was one of the winners of Svenska Dagbladet’s debate article writing competition on the climate for young people in May 2018.Thunberg was nominated for the electricity company Telge Energi’s prize for children and young people who promote sustainable development, Children’s Climate Prize, but declined because the finalists would have to fly to Stockholm. In November 2018, she was awarded the Fryshuset scholarship of the Young Role Model of the Year. In December 2018, Time magazine named Thunberg one of the world’s 25 most influential teenagers of 2018. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day Thunberg was proclaimed the most important woman of the year in Sweden in 2019. The award was based on a survey by the institute Inizio on behalf of the newspaper Aftonbladet. Three Norwegian lawmakers nominated Thunberg for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change, it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” Norwegian Socialist MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP news agency. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace,” he added.
4 Josephine Baker
An American-born French entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris. Her costume, consisting of only a girdle of artificial bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s. Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the “Black Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, the “Bronze Venus”, and the “Creole Goddess”. Baker was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics. When Adolf Hitler and the German army invaded France during World War II, Baker joined the fight against the Nazi regime. She aided French military officials by passing on secrets she heard while performing in front of the enemy. She transported the confidential information by writing with invisible ink on music sheets. After many years of performing in Paris, Baker returned to the United States. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by General Charles de Gaulle. Baker continued to fight racial injustices into the 1970s. Her personal life was a testament to her political agenda. Throughout her career, she adopted 13 children from various countries. She called her family “the rainbow tribe” and took her children on the road in an effort to show that racial and cultural harmony could exist.
5 Jane Goodall
A British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her over 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960.
6 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She is the second female justice to be confirmed to the court, and one of four female justices to be confirmed. As a judge, Ruth Ginsburg favors caution, moderation and restraint. She is considered part of the Supreme Court’s moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state.