May 27, 2007

Inspirational Women

On the very, very long flights from London to Philly and on to Vegas I had the pleasure of watching two inspirational films centered around remarkable women. Beatrix Potter the story of the children's book artist and conservationist and Freedom Writers about life-changing high school teacher Erin Gruwell.

It may not seem that these two stories have much in common at first, but they touched me deeply and in surprisingly similar ways. These women had powerful visions of how they fit into the world, bucking traditional roles and using creativity to express their individuality. Each inspired others through books and writing. They never took NO for an answer and as a result were alienated by their families. Yet they made friends of the most unexpected sorts. Despite these obstacles, their work resulted in legacies that continue to benefit others.

Rent the films and see for yourself.