In honor of National Poetry Month, we're taking a look at some of our favorite lines from prominent female poets. Adrienne Rich, who passed away last year, left a strong literary legacy filled with poignant, inspiring verse. From her bold and powerful poetry to the celebrated words of Maya Angelou, here are eight acclaimed passages from the finest female poets.
Ladies, now's the time to get vocal about what you believe in. Women around the world are wielding signs, donning body paint, and marching in parades in support of women's rights and gender equality, against violence toward women, and to raise awareness for other important political and social causes. As we continue Women's History Month, let's look back at the evolution of female protesters. From the French Revolution to the women's suffragist movement to civil rights, here are some memorable moments involving women around the world getting their protest on.
With Spring officially here we're daydreaming about strolling in parks, smelling fresh flowers, and enjoying sunny outdoor dates. If you're also excited for the sunny days of Spring, be inspired by the season with these fresh vintage ads for and featuring women. Take a look back at how ladies of past decades enjoyed the perks of Springtime!
St. Patrick's Day is today, and we're ready for some green-wearing, Guinness-drinking fun! Inspired by the Irish holiday and our love of vintage advertising, we've rounded up some old-school St. Paddy's Day-inspired ads featuring women for everything from cigarettes to Irish whiskey. Click through the retro ads now, and may the luck o' the Irish be with you!
Our favorite bookish peasant turned princess will soon be gracing the big screen not once, but twice. It was just announced that in addition to Guillermo del Toro's darker take on Beauty and the Beast (still in development) Disney will be releasing a live-action, likely 3D Beast-centric movie. Harry Potter star Emma Watson is attached to Guillermo's film as the leading lady, and she was even rumored to star in a Cinderella reboot (which she has since dropped out of).
With all the Snow White mania last year and a Sleeping Beauty film on the way, fairy tales are clearly having a moment, but especially Beauty and the Beast. There's even a new CW TV show inspired by the '80s series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. It's a magical blast from the past for us, who grew up watching the animated Disney version and dancing along to "Be Our Guest." Beauty and the Beast has come a long way from its 18th-century French origins to today. Let's look at the evolution of the fairy tale in pop culture, from classic books to the latest film and TV interpretations!
With the snow almost melting and college coeds on Spring break, and we've got all things beachy on the brain — especially bikinis. These teeny-tiny swimsuits have packed a lot of controversy in their history, and it's no wonder with a name referencing the atomic bomb. Other notable moments since its inception have included beauty queen scandals, beach volleyball cheerleaders, and a ban in Barcelona.
If anyone knows the ins and outs of showing some skin in the Summer heat, then it's Colombian sex symbol and Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, who has called American-style bikinis too modest and "diaper"-like, hailing the "dental-floss" style instead. To find out the origins of those swimsuit styles and more, we've got a look at the evolution of bathing suit culture. Check out the scandalous history of the bikini now!
Before Dorothy made it back to Kansas, she had to face a few witches down her yellow brick road. Although the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is most popular for featuring witches like the Wicked Witch of the West and the good witch Glinda, several stories and renditions of these leading Oz ladies have been created. Inspired by the Oz the Great and Powerful, out today, we're taking a look back at the evolution of the three witches who have influenced this famous story. From the good and glittery to the green and envious, the witches of the north, west, and east are nothing short of witchcraft, whimsy, and history, too!
This International Women's Day, it's important. to pay tribute to the commendable women who've made a difference for the better — but what about the bad girls in history, who are notorious for their sexy, shocking, and sinister deeds? Here are 15 scandalous women who have become legendary for everything from stripping to having lesbian affairs to naked horseback rides. Get a tawdy history lesson on these controversial female figures now!
Tomorrow, a prequel to the Wizard of Oz story, Oz the Great and Powerful, hits theaters, starring James Franco as the wizard. The Disney movie loosely references the film many of us are most familiar with, the 1939 adaptation The Wizard of Oz that stars Judy Garland as Dorothy. Another modern reinterpretation of the tale is the immensely popular Broadway musical Wicked, a prequel about Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North). But the source material for all these dates back to 1900, when L. Frank Baum wrote the children's novel that introduced us to Dorothy and the rest of the yellow brick road gang: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I was surprised by some of the facts about this fantastical story and its history, so if you're intrigued about the book that began it all, check out these interesting tidbits below, and click through for a look back at the vintage book covers and illustrations.
- In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wears silver shoes instead of the iconic ruby slippers.
- Baum's first Oz book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was turned into a burlesque-style Broadway musical in 1902 about Dorothy falling in love with a poet-prince. Instead of Toto the dog, there's a cow named Imogene, and the wizard is an Irish wisecracking comedian.
- Some scholars believe that the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (nicknamed "the White City") inspired the Emerald City. Others propose that since Baum often stayed at San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado and wrote some of his Oz books there, that could be another influence for the Emerald City.
- After Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he went on to write 13 more books in the Oz series. More than once he tried to end the Oz series, but since they were so popular, he continued writing them until he died in 1919. Other writers, including Ruth Plumly Thompson, continued the Oz series after his death.
- A majority of the heroes in Baum's Oz books were girls.
- Baum had a granddaughter named "Ozma," and his 11th Oz book, The Lost Princess of Oz (published 1917), was dedicated to her shortly after her birth. The story begins with the disappearance of Princess Ozma, the ruler of Oz.
- Until his death in 1943, John R. Neill illustrated all of the Oz books except the first one, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Two and a half years ago, it was SNL's first female head writer Tina Fey who said, "I do hope women are achieving at a rate that we can stop counting what number they are." But women are still leading the way for future generations of girls in a variety of industries, and many important female firsts aren't as long ago as you'd think. This Women's History Month, let's look back at the women who went against the odds to pave the way for gender equality.