Women who defy conventions, shake up the status quo and succeed on their own terms? We call them Auntie Heroes and here are some standouts for this week.
Katherine Johnson, STEMinist Dream Girl:
Katherine Johnson’s career as a human computer – really, that’s what they called her – literally changed the trajectory of the 1962 Space Race. She was a NASA mathematician who calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and her work later became critical to the success of the Apollo Moon landing program and the start of the Space Shuttle program. Her life is the subject of the new movie Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, in theatres now. (Photo credit: NASA)
Jennifer King, Body Positive Boss Babe (pictured above):
Didn’t we tell you she was amazing? Jennifer’s collection of body positive coming-of-age stories, Fat Girl Power, made our first ever AV Gift Guide. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the Stellar Fashion and Fitness blogger (and AV Aunt-bassador) appeared on Talk of Alabama recently to spread her message of fashion, fitness and body positivity. Use one of those Amazon gift cards you’re hoarding from Christmas to treat yourself to some Fat Girl Power.
Dolly Parton, Inspiring Icon:
Just when we thought we couldn’t love the country music maven any more, we learned about her Imagination Library, a program that sends eligible kids (birth to 5 years old) in over 1600 local communities in the US, Canada and the UK a free high-quality fiction and non-fiction book each month. Looking for an Imagination Library in your community? Find it here or start one of your own.
“We are tall and short; we are thick and skinny. The most important thing is we’re all strong.” Sounds like words to live by to us. The Auntie Heroes of the Moxi Skate Team are skating rings around the stereotypes in the Long Beach skate culture and they’re inspiring other ladies to lace up and get rolling. Check out their mad skills and super cute styles. Makes us want to hit the rink ourselves.
Know any Auntie Heroes who are empowering or inspiring other women to live their best lives? We’d love to hear about them. Sound off below.