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january 16, 2015

On Monday, we honor the legacy of the remarkable Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision. Long after his assassination, his words have stuck with us.

MLK's dream for full racial equality has not yet been met. But, it was + is shared by a great many who keep the aspiration alive.

Each of the 3 women featured this week have acted in their own way to make new dreams possible. They also have plenty to say about the act of dreaming itself.

Dreams ~ whether personal or collective ~ aren't just the stuff of fantasy; they allow us to imagine what's possible for us and our world.

Sometimes, simply putting dreams into words can help make them real.

Cheers!



"Every great dream
begins with a dreamer."

{the imagined voice of} Harriet Tubman
the civil rights icon

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{unforgettable | She inspires}

Americans still rank Harriet Tubman {along with MLK & Rosa Parks} as one of the nation's greatest heroes. Nicknamed The Moses of her People, the visionary Harriet led one extraordinary life. An escaped slave turned Underground Railroad conductor. A nurse + scout in the Union Army. A champion of women's rights.

The things she did are captured in the pages of history. What about the things she said? Frankly, it's hard to say.

Harriet didn't read or write. She gave many speeches, but they weren't transcribed. All the quotes we have by her were recorded by white authors. They're words filtered by others and marked by their moment ~ the language is heavily religious, the dialect unfamiliar.

Most of Harriet's best loved quotes have no historical basis. Some have come from children's books that imaginatively assume her voice; many have arisen out of historical moments ~ like the Civil Rights Movement ~ in which Harriet reemerged as an important symbol of the fight for freedom.

In a way, even these misattributed quotes are "true.” They reflect not what Harriet said, but what she means to us. They give voice to how her story continues to inspire the next generation of dreamers.



"I'm not just a dreamer,
I'm a hope-aholic."

Gloria Steinem
the face of women's lib

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{remarkable | She champions}

Gloria Steinem has been called the Martin Luther King of the women's movement ~ a "galvanizer” who helped launch a new wave of feminism. Known for her articles as much as her activism, the freelance journalist's first gig with the fledgling New York Magazine was to cover the Harlem riots in the wake of MLK's assassination. Fifteen years later, she linked arms with Maya Angelou for a march on Washington that marked the 20th anniversary of the civil rights leader's most famous speech.

Since the 1960s, Gloria has been "waging peace” for the sake of a similar dream of equality + freedom. For a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. Still a feminist figurehead, Gloria has helped win countless tangible gains for women through the National Women's Political Caucus, Ms. Magazine and the Women's Media Center. But, she also has never given up on the power of dreaming as a catalyst for social change.

As she puts it ~ "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."



"No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid."

Lupita Nyong'o
Hollywood's rising star

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{notable | She entertains}

In these last lines of her 2014 Academy Awards acceptance speech, Lupita Nyong'o put into words what the coveted statuette meant to her. The Yale Drama grad earned the Oscar for her very first major film role ~ Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. During her keynote for last month's Massachusetts Conference for Women, Lupita spoke candidly about what it took to get there ~ her persistent "personal investment in a dream.”

Dreams may be "a portal to your purpose.” Yet, growing up in Kenya with one TV channel that broadcast nothing but government propaganda, Lupita was in no position to realize acting as her passion. Seeing The Color Purple kindled the dream. Bucking social expectations + self-doubt allowed her to embrace it. And, inspire others as one of Hollywood's most heartfelt {+ fashionable} leading ladies.

Next up? Lupita's booked to star in the film adaptation of Chimanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah. Co-starring is David Oyelowo ~ who earned a Golden Globe best-actor nom for his breakout performance as MLK in Selma.



Fixing the quote supply problem.
theme: dreams

Quotabelle

We're looking for {sourced} quotes by women & girls that speak to dreams.

Will you help uncover all the smart, funny, thought-provoking things she has said on the subject? And, fix the quote supply problem?

It's easy to pitch in. Simply ~

  • Register as a Quotabelle member.

  • Submit a sourced quote by a female that relates to the theme.

  • If your quote is picked for the collection, you'll be entered to win a Quotabelle gift

  • Within a week: we'll add a selection of the pithiest things she's said on the subject to the site. And, mail the gift.

We recently asked for quotes about fitness. Among our favorites:

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What's she saying now?

"Today, I stand in solidarity with the people of France in their darkest hour...so that the lasting image of these terrible events is an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy and support between people of all faiths and cultures."

~ Queen Rania of Jordan, alongside 40 other world leaders in the march of millions to express unity in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack



Quotabelle. For dreaming new dreams...

Some people seem to be born with a dream. But, for many of us dreams only come into focus through hard-won experience + a process of discovery.

That's one reason we built Quotabelle's discover engine.

It's our place to feature the inspiring stories of unforgettable, remarkable and notable women & girls. Click on any "She...theme” that speaks to you to reveal 6 related profiles worth exploring.

Sometimes you have to see it to dream it.

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