If you missed my first entry of heroes for my children you check it out here: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/heroes-for-my-children-part-1audrey
Fred Rogers was an inspiration growing up. Like my mother, he told children to love themselves and be nice to others. He used $his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, to promote education and morality. Through non-violent activities, puppets, and songs, he taught generations that we could be ourselves. He helped many children through scary, stressful, and sad situations. Mr. Rodgers never had a monetary goal while in the entertainment business and never commercially endorsed a product (though he was an advocate for non-profits that worked to educate children). He taught me how to be a good neighbor, and I can’t wait to share his legacy with my children.
“One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self.”
Readers may know this Iranian author from her honest, beautiful memoir Reading Lolita Tehran. She was a professor at the University of Tehran until her decision not to wear a veil led to her being fired. Nafisi eventually wore a modified veil in order to continue teaching English literature, an area of academia she felt passionate about. But the school continued to interfere with her syllabus, and she finally quit in order to facilitate a private reading group with several female students. But the Iranian revolution continued to cause safety her concerns. Nafisi moved to America where she found a publisher to share with the world her struggle to teach wo€€men about a worth wild field of study. She was under heavy criticism for her “lies” and “exaggerations” as well as her associations with many people including neoconservatives. She explained that her only goal was to teach literature, not to be a political commentator. Her strength was in her desire to teach; the fact that she had a subject she was passionate about.
“It takes courage to die for a cause, but also to live for one.”
The Brontë Sisters
It’s easy these days to go to a bookstore and pick up a novel written by a woman. But writing, like many other professions, was originally said to be a man’s occupation. The Brontë sisters had to publish their novels under male names, and two of those novels have joined the classics list. But my respect for them was more than about crossing gender lines. Emily spent most of her time at her home, but her lack of socialization didn’t stop her from creating unique, insightful characters and plots. Charlotte took her familial pain and used it as inspiration for a variety of characters and settings. Anne used literature as a tool to promote morality. Each sister did not let her limitations (gender, isolation, death, sickness) quell their imagination and their love of writing. They took these aspects and made something that has been honored through out time. What writer could want more?
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” ~Charlotte Brontë