I recently discovered a book entitled 4,000 Years of Uppity Women: Rebellious Belles, Daring Dames, and Headstrong Heroines Through the Ages, by Vicki Leon.
When we think of women breaking through the glass ceiling, leading a cause or being a true suffragette, we usually point to women over the past one hundred years. But author Vicki Leon spent more than 40 years researching women spanning history back to 2,500 BC – women who made a difference, struck a chord for change and went against norms to fight for something that was important to them.
The book touches on those we might think of like Joan of Arc but spends the majority of the pages sharing the stories of the little known woman who had a talent, a purpose or a vision.
Here from the opening pages of the book you’ll see what I mean:
“Over the last 4,000 years of recorded history, uppity women have rocked as many cradles as the other gals, but they’ve rocked a lot of boats as well. Although the women in this book come from different cultures, eras, and social classes, they all share a common bond: they didn’t buy into what others said that women could and couldn’t do. These high energy risk takers with attitude knew how to leverage the pluses they were born with – which often weren’t many.
I’ve come to see that truly uppity women have other traits in common. These include the flexibility to roll with whatever life offers up; unquenchable vitality; lion-heartedness; everyday courage – the kind I call gumption – and a rollicking sense of humor, even when events in life hit below the belts, as they often do.”
Reading through the stories – I am in awe and admire their courage and am inspired to be one of those uppity women.
The lesson you can take from these stories is that anyone can make a difference. You don’t have to be born with money or have a college degree or the support of a famous name to stand up for what you believe in and be viewed as a true Purposeful Woman.
The key stumbling block to being an uppity women is probably just our own internal voice saying things like:
- What will people say/think if I try that?
- What if I embarrass myself?
- What if I fail?
It is true – all of those things could happen and maybe they will even happen more than once. But unless we try, we will never know. Unless we try, we will already be a failure.
The women in this book ran businesses, were revered for their musical talents, led armies, saved villages, freed slaves, trained ninjas and were the voice of reason in an otherwise chaotic community.
It is the age old question: what would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Well – what would you do? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page or tell us about an uppity woman you know if your life.