Life Out on the Street: Women’s History Month

When many people think of March and celebrations, four-leaf clovers and pots of gold spring to mind (potentially propped up by tiny Irish men in emerald suits with steins of beer in the background). However, there is more than St. Patrick’s Day to take notice during the third month- in fact, all 31 days in America are dedicated to Women’s History. The month-long event calls everyone to reflect on the contributions made by women throughout the ages all over the world.

In fact, today – March 7th – is International Women’s Day, and the BroadArts Theatre of Portland, Oregon is hosting a concert live at 8:00pm SLT in real life and in Second Life! The evening will host a variety of entertainment, including singers, musicians and speakers, to celebrate what the XX chromosome has done for the world. I hope to be there, but in case I miss out, I have put together a project of recreating the figures of three notable women of the past.

Women's History Month - Mary Queen of Scots

The first female is one very close to my heart. According to my aunt, I’m a descendant of Mary Queen of Scots. She bears an excellent example how the victors write history: for centuries, she was vilified as a land-grabbing monarch and poor mother. In truth, Mary did not actively seek any crown; the debacle goes back to when she was a teenage bride to a French royal and because of her cousin Elizabeth’s questionable position on the English throne, her advisers declared her and her husband to be the true rulers of four kingdoms. The Queen’s life would steadily unravel after the death of her first husband and true love, with her infant song James being torn from her hands and lied to as she was locked away. Fortunately, she did leave more than just a tragic legacy- she was one of the first leaders to practice religious tolerance towards others. Most of the Scottish kingdom was Protestant Christian when Mary became Queen; an devout Roman Catholic, she refused to change her beliefs, but also would not force her people to desert their beliefs. It would take decades before others in the Western world caught up to this progressive mind of thinking. (And some people are still behind the times, sadly.)

Women's History Month - Hatshepsut

A woman that left an impression on me as a child was the first woman pharaoh, Hatshepsut. When my family got its first home computer, we did not have typical children’s games (in fact, my brother and I often watched our father play Wolfenstein); beyond Paint, I had the choice of various educational software. My favorite was Ancient Lands, which focused on the history of the infamous Mediterranean realms, Greece, Rome and Egypt, and I loved using the tour guide feature. If you guessed that my guide of choice was a certain female ruler, treat yourself to some honey. The actor’s strong, bold voice never grew old, and the tale of a woman taking charge of a major nation, funding exploration expeditions and keeping peace was fascinating. There was also something touching and familiar to her achievements almost being completely erased by her succeeding nephew. Thankfully, you can’t keep a good woman down, and researchers not only have a detailed record about her but her mummy has been found and identified, allowing her spirit to continually make a safe journey through the Afterlife.

Women's History Month - Michelle Obama

Last, but far from least, is the first African-American First Lady. Her character has stood out to me recently not only for the realistic aura that surrounds her, but for the mirror she has unconsciously held up to society. In a time of economic crisis, her going sleeveless to a Congressional speech is being made out to be a catastrophe. I have chosen to replicate the ensemble in question because, for me, it speaks a great deal to a variety of messages: some people are afraid of what is different, some people are are afraid of others’ confidence, and some people are afraid to confront real problems. It is these people that prevent us from getting things done, and we need to recognize them and when perhaps we are being the ones afraid. Personally, I’m very proud to have Michelle Obama and her family in the White House- beyond ethnicity, beyond fashion, beyond well-toned arms, this woman knows she is human (for example, she admitted to her marriage not being perfect). That is someone I can look up to.

So, what has XX done for you? Not just lately, not just throughout your lifetime, but stretching back to the dawn of our species. Take some time to reflect, and remember, “THAT TAKES OVARIES!”

Mary Queen of Scots
Outfit: Elizabeth . Dress . Crimson from (Pixel Dolls)
– Undershirt: Cecily Bodice Undershirt Layer from *Laughing Academy*
Hair: Ash Auburns (Cherry Wood) from Calla [modified]
Head: Winter Faerie – Tiara from Kouse’s Sanctum [modified]
Ears: Countess Earring – Gold/Black Pearl from (Miriel)
Skin: Sylvan Skin – china white from Nomine
Pose: The Biggest Lie from PIDIDDLE
Location: Wychwood in Dusk

Pharaoh Hatshepsut
Outfit: Egyptian Goddess Collection from *Designs by Nicky Ree* [Digital Alchemy Collection]
Head: Egyptian Goddess Hat (part of the Egyptian Goddess Collection) from *Designs by Nicky Ree*
Chest: Golden Scarab Pectoral Collar from ~Eye Candy~ [Digital Alchemy Collection]
Ears: Gold Hoop TRIO from *ETERNITY SILKS*
Skin: CLEO-Fire Peacock w/mole from the oBscene [Digital Alchemy Collection]
Location: Egypt Valley of the Gods in Orangelo

First Lady Michelle Obama
Outfit: Blaze* Women’s Power Suit – Mauve from Blaze*
Hair: Melinda – Black from ETD [modified]
Skin: Efe GlossyLips CatEyes Hair from [PXL]
Pose: Barrel 3 from [Long Awkward Pose] [Magic of Oz opening hunt prize]
Location: Capitol Hill North in Capitol Hill 1

~ by Terry Toland on March 7, 2009.

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