“It’s a lifetime journey for us as women … Anywhere we go in the world we find women who are struggling with their own identity, and their sense of purpose, and their value, and I am no exception.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Jenna Bush Hager to discuss her new memoir "Becoming", finding her voice, her friendship with President George W. Bush (who she calls a "beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man”) & her life since leaving the White House.
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ …Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.”
The creator of Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Black Panther & the Incredible Hulk died Monday at 95. The prolific writer is credited with reviving the comic book industry in the 1960s creating fallible superheroes that would inspire lucrative movie franchises.
“We live in deeds, not years.”
On Nov 11, 1865, Walker became the ONLY woman in U.S. history to be awarded the medal of honor. As a woman, she was unable to join the Army as a surgeon during the Civil War, so she volunteered instead and later worked for the War Dep't. Due to her civilian status, her medal was rescinded in 1917. Sixty years later it was restored by Pres. Carter.
“My mother told me to be a lady, and for her that meant be your own person, be independent.“
The second of only 4 women to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg (85) has served on the high court since 1993. Outside of the courtroom, Ginsburg is known for her regular workouts. Today she was hospitalized after falling in her office and fracturing three ribs.
“Americans are known for their boldness, a refusal to give up, taking chances and finding creative ways to adapt and take initiative. I am honored to take this initiative to vote.“
Ben Wood, a newly minted U.S. citizen profiled by Public Radio International, is just one of the many first-time voters this Election Day. During our last election in 2016, about 750, 000 people became U.S. citizens and gained the right to vote.
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.“
On Nov. 5, 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first black woman to run for president. Shortly before her death, she said "I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the twentieth century. "
“Whoever counted me out miscalculated, cause God counted me in!“
Iesha Champs (33), a single mother of FIVE (ages 5 - 14) who faced countless challenges, incl. growing up in foster care, dropping out of high school, & the death of her ex-husband, before graduating in the top of her law school class & passing the TX bar exam.
“Everybody thinks a champion has to always be the winner, come out on top. But I think everybody inside is a champion themselves depending on how you handle your failures and your successes.“
At Thursday's 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics in Doha, Qatar, Biles (21) became the first woman ever to win four all-around world titles -- and the five-time Olympic medalist did it while suffering from a kidney stone, which she joking referred to as "the Doha Pearl."
“May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof.”
#OTD in 1800
- Pres. John Adams moved into the newly-constructed and mostly unfurnished White House.
- Abigail Adams moved to the “President’s House” several weeks later & tried making it more hospitable; it lacked everything from lamps to tea sets.
- The Adamses family only lived in the home for about 5 months before the Jeffersons moved in.
This quote is from a blessing in a letter President Adam's wrote to his wife, Abigail, while sitting inside the *first* White House; the British burned it down during War of 1812. In 1945, the full blessing was engraved on the state dining room's mantel. Read it here:
“This didn’t begin as a franchise–that word didn’t exist! It was a little horror movie about babysitters.”
Jamie Lee Curtis (59) on the original "Halloween" - the horror movie she starred in first in 1978. Its 11th installment, released this month, is already one of the highest-grossing horror movies in history & had the biggest opening weekend ever with a female lead over the age of 55.
“you can cut off some branches, but the tree will continue to grow.”
Rabbi Myers presided over Saturday's services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh when a gunman executed 11 of his congregants. Rabbi Myers described his congregation as "good, decent people" without "an ounce of hate in any of them."
“I always say to him, ‘Spiderman is amazing … but they’re fake, they’re not real … you’re a superhero, you’re my hero, my real superhero.'”
The singer on what he tells his five-year-old son Noah, who recovered after being diagnosed with liver cancer at 3. Bublé credits his wife, Luisana Lopilato, for helping him in the aftermath of the ordeal. The couple has 2 other children.