On March 8th, the World Celebrates International Women’s Day.
At LeftyLenya, we know too well the role women play in our society. Being an organization started by a phenomenal woman, who decided to create a platform to discuss and solve All Issues Left-Handed, we cannot let this day go by without celebrating these special women in our midst.
We go down History to celebrate some phenomenal women who were left-handed and whose impact in society is felt to date.
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller proved to the world that deaf people could all learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do. A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Josephine de Beauharnais
“I awake filled with you. Your portrait and yesterday’s intoxicating evening left no repose for my senses. Gentle, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart!”
Napoleon Bonaparte (also left-handed) was a general in the revolutionary army when he penned these lines to Marie-Joseph Rose de Beauharnais – it was he who changed her name to Josephine – shortly after they met in October 1795. They married five months later. She became the first wife of Napoleon I, and thus the first Empress of the French (commonly called Empress Joséphine or just Joséphine).
Alexandrina Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. She inherited the throne at the age of 18; after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. Her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors and is known as the Victorian era.
Marie Skłodowska Curie born Maria Salomea Skłodowska was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person, and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéonin Paris. Talk of Left-Handed Genius!
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans”, is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Joan of Arc became a semi-legendary figure for the four centuries after her death. She has remained a popular figure in literature, painting, sculpture, and other cultural works since the time of her death, and many famous writers, filmmakers, and composers have created work about her. Women have looked to Joan as a positive example of a brave and active woman.