We’re two weeks into October, and I’ve already seen at least three people wearing Christmas sweaters. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all into some Christmas spirit, but it seems to me that those people are forgetting something even more amazing: Halloween. My favourite holiday of the year. Why, you ask? It’s simple.
I’m going to assume that most of my readers have heard of Rosa Parks, a woman most commonly known for her bus boycott in 1955. Rosa Parks became one of the main figures in the Civil Rights movement by refusing to give up her seat at the front of the bus. However, unlike what people think, she was not the first to do this. Enter: Claudette Colvin.
People are always really surprised at my ability to approach complete strangers and talk to them. “I’d never have done that,” they tell me. My standard response is that in a situation where a group of people go and do something for the first time, like the start of school or the first of a series of sports classes, everyone is scared to talk to each other, yet everyone wishes someone did. So I do. “But that’s easy for you to say,” they’ll tell me, “you’re extraverted.” Well, my friends, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not easy for anyone.
For number 10 in my Influential Women series, I wanted to find a woman whom I know would shock. A while back, I read the book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls“, and in it one woman in particular caught my attention: Jacquotte Delahaye, pirate. Yes, she was a pirate, much like the infamous Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow. Only, Jacquotte Delahaye was real.