Today marks the start of National Women's History Month, and I am pleased. In honor of the month I think I'm going to post each Thursday about women I look up to. Today I will post about Eleanor Roosevelt and Dolly Parton. Before you get all agitated and try to say, "Whoa, Krista, you cannot possibly compare these two women. You cannot possibly put Dolly in the same category as the previous First Lady!"
Oh yes I can. Oh yes I will.
Both Eleanor and Dolly are well known for their looks, but for entirely different reasons. It is a wide-spread opinion that Eleanor Roosevelt was not a pretty woman, whereas Dolly is known for her beauty, natural and otherwise. Regardless, neither woman wanted to be known for their looks alone. Both have fought and contributed to the greater good. Eleanor worked with the Red Cross and the early civil rights movements. Dolly contributes countless time and money to underprivileged children and the war on AIDS. Both women have used their fame for things other than getting the front page of a newspaper or magazine. They represent strength and courage when the world's eye expected something completely different.
Eleanor and Dolly, I salute you.
"I'm not offended by all of the dumb-blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb--and I'm also not blonde." Dolly Parton
"No one can make me feel inferior without my permission." Eleanor Roosevelt