Goddesses of Modernity
"Soul Sisters You Inspire Me"
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In spite of the restrictions of Victorian culture, Emily Carr followed her own vision to paint a pristine wilderness and its First Nations peoples before they were changed forever. Her bold paintings were modern and inventive depictions of the British Columbia landscape. A fiercely independent and courageous spirit, Emily Carr pursued her creative vision against overwhelming odds.
An inspiration to women everywhere, Frida Kahlo is universally revered for her magnificent and disturbing self-portraits and her vibrant images of Mexican history and culture. She painted her own personal mythology, confessional images full of symbolic references to physical pain and fortitude. Frida was a brilliant and charismatic character despite the challenges she faced. Her legacy of visual art lives on as a unique artistic phenomenon.
E. Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake
Pauline Johnson's natural dignity, mystic spirit and body of poetic work speaks to us over time and space. As a popular performer and literary figure that morphed into a Canadian icon, it is extraordinary that her whole life was lived as a bridge between native and non-native culture at a time when genocide and forced assimilation were attempting to render the Mohawk Six Nations people invisible.
Honored today as the Mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks was a living example of the warrior aspect of the Divine Feminine. Before her refusal to give up her seat on the bus, the dominant culture expected African Americans to obey signs that said "Whites Only" and to know their place as inferiors. Her arrest was the "tipping point" for the American civil rights movement and the struggle for justice and equality for all.
With the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, society began to pay more attention to nature, and the modern environmental movement was born. Carson inspired us to love the earth, and we became aware that nature was being destroyed by the unmonitored use of pesticides. She had the courage to speak up in spite of tyranny from the chemical industry, and as an eco-warrior, her work changed the consciousness of the world.
Georgia O'Keefe is considered to be the mother of the feminist art movement. Her painting style using organic forms and floral imagery was pivotal in the development of an authentic female iconography, and gave artists permission to birth their own feminine visions. Her passion and strong will led to a successful career in a male-dominated profession, and today the Georgia O'Keefe Museum is the first American museum dedicated to a single female artist.
Lady Diana, Princess of Wales
With her tragic death in 1997, Lady Diana took on divine attributes and became an icon of the empowered modern feminine. Millions who expressed their grief at her passing evoked a collective yearning for the archetypal, fully-realized woman, both courageous and feminine. Diana was a "spark" that ignited the global consciousness of the "new woman" - mother, lover and humanitarian, with the strength to articulate her values and the confidence to defend them.
Jeannine Parvati Baker
Jeannine Parvati Baker was truly a Goddess for our time. She wrote the first books on natural childbirth, prenatal yoga and reproductive health in the early years of feminism and holistic living. Her leading-edge life's work as a spiritual midwife and herbalist empowered modern women everywhere to reclaim their ancestral wisdom and inner healing spirit.