Women with a capital “W”

Today, I’m celebrating a few of the many superlative women who grace our world. They unapologetically pursue their passions. They first broke barriers just because it never occurred to them that they couldn’t or shouldn’t do something or be anyone other than who they were. Iris Apfel, Grace Lee Boggs and Mary Beard make up the this trio of dynamic, inspirational and one-of-a-kind women.

Iris apfel

iris9-790x1024Iris Apfel, a self-described “geriatric starlet,” is an American business woman, interior decorator, socialite and fashion muse; the subject of advertising campaigns and museum exhibits.

“While many of us go around in a fog of “What will people think?”-type thoughts regarding everything from clothes to decor choices, Apfel surrounds herself with what makes her happy. That’s it.”

More about Iris:

At 90, Fashion’s Latest Pop Star
Iris Apfel on the Meaning of Style

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant Apartment
Iris Apfel documentary promo

Grace Lee Boggs

grace lee boggsGrace Lee Boggs is an author, scholar, activist, feminist, movement builder, teacher, truth teller, philosopher based in Detroit. She devoted more than 70 years in the African American movement. Recently, she was the subject of the award-winning documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS.

More about Grace:

Meet Grace Lee Boggs, waging a revolution for over 75 years
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Boggs School – Grace & Jimmy

 Mary Beard

mary beard - photo by Clara MoldenMary Beard is a Cambridge scholar, prolific blogger, ancient Roman expert, classic professor, feminist heroine and host of a TV series about ancient Rome. She describes herself on her blog this way: “Mary Beard is a wickedly subversive commentator on both the modern and the ancient world. She is a professor in classics at Cambridge and classics editor of the TLS [Times Literary Supplement].”

A Don’s Life
Mary Beard: the classicist with the common touch
The Troll Slayer: A Cambridge classicist takes on her sexist detractors
In Britain, an Authority on the Past Stares Down a Nasty Modern Storm

And below, one episode of her TV series called Pompei, Life and Death in a Roman Town.