Monday, March 08, 2010

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SUFFRAGETTE...

And aren't you glad about that? Yes, it's International Women's Day again. What, you didn't know? I try to mention it each year here on the blog because it passes by largely unnoticed in this country. There are some who say we don't even need one anymore, that enough progress has been made. It's been around since 1910, yet the first I heard of it was when I lived in Italy and men kept coming up to me, giving me branches of mimosa and saying congratulations. Apparently in 2006 I was oh, a little bitter about the lack of awareness of the day, but now I'm happy just to raise a glass to Kathryn Bigelow, first ever female recipient of the best director Oscar (The Hurt Locker was completely brilliant) and to celebrate some of my favourite women.

{photo credits mostly unknown. Simone de Beauvoir, Sofia Coppola (ph: Andrew Durham), my mum and granny (my photo), Diana Vreeland, the leopard lady (my photo), Anna Karina, Audrey Hepburn, Louise Bourgeois (ph: Mapplethorpe), Jane Birkin}

7 comments:

Toni said...

I've never heard of International Women's Day and I'm from the states. Thank you for bringing attention to it. I'm going to tell everyone! Oh, and is that Melanie Laurent in the center? I adore her!

If Jane said...

happy women's day to you claire!!! yes rather exciting that kathryn bigelow won (although i haven't seen the film..) and all the photos here are quite fab and women i admire...;))

Juliet said...

I love the pics!

juliet xxx

Wholesale Apparel said...

The first time I saw the images I thought that it was your grandmother's photos from teenage 'til now. Well, I seldom found oldies who still loves fashion.

charlotte said...

here here! it always irks me when ladies say they can't be bothered to vote and i feel compelled to point out what the suffragettes did and how it was such a comparatively short time ago.

Anonymous said...

happy women's day to you darling.
xxx
Mia

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

Toni - right in the centre is Jane Birkin. But Melanie Laurent was great in Inglourious Basterds - maybe I should add her.

If Jane - The Hurt Locker is so good. I wasn't fussed about seeing it but as soon as it started I was pulled in - I think I held my breath through the whole thing.