Biographies to Consider: Self


Peace Pilgrim

6“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.”

She walked the earth for peace! She was the first woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one season. She walked the entire United States at least 8 times, giving lectures and seminars about how to live a simple life with peace in your step! 

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“What would Peace Pilgrim ask us to consider for peace today? 

Claire Zammit

3“We need to actually step into and become the women we came here to be.”

Claire Zammit is the co-founder and leader of Feminine Power courses for women. She is co-founder of Evolving Wisdom, an on-line educational company that helps people revolutionize their lives to be become more of the people they were meant to be!  

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How can you become part of the evolutionary changes in our Universe?

Katherine Woodard-Thomas

6“Until you are able to see yourself living the life that you truly want, it will be difficult for you to create it.” 

Katherine Woodard-Thomas is a national bestselling author and co-founder and teacher of Feminine Power Courses for Women. Among many talents, Katherine facilitates groups and individuals who are revolutionizing themselves to become part of innovative evolutionary changes in consciousness.

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How can you bring your consciousness to a place of true embodiment?


Dr. Jean Houston

2“ We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.”

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities and is considered one of the founders in the Human Potential Movement. She might even be called one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time.

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Dr. Jean Houston might ask you, “What is your greatest potential in life ?”

Oprah Winfrey (1954 – )

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.  She is best know for her multi-award winning talk show-“The Oprah Winfrey Show”-which was the highest rated program of its kind in history.  Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century.

For more Inspiration:

What might Oprah ask us to consider about determination and persistence in our lives, especially when hardship exists?


Hillary Clinton (1947 – )

3″We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives.  That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family.  Every woman deserves the choice to realize her God given potential.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a former Secretary of State, US Senator, and First Lady of the United States.  From 2009-2013 she was the 67th Secretary of State, serving under Barak Obama.

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What might Hillary ask us to reflect on as we work within a male dominated society?

Amelia Earhart (1897-1939)

 “…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved.  If it is, stop worrying…”

 Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author.  She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the U.S.  She wrote many best selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of the Ninety Nines, an organization for female pilots.

For more Inspiration:

What was Amelia contemplating as she soared across the US?  Reflect on her thoughts-how do they affect you?

Emily Dickinson (1830-1856)

A Book-a poem by Emily Dickinson-“There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away, Nor any courses like a page Of prancing poetry.  This traverse may the poorest take without oppress of toil; How frugal is the chariot That bears a human soul!”

 Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet; she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life.  Dickinson was a prolific private poet, and her poems are unique, contain short lines, lack titles, and deal with themes of death and immortality.  Most of her works were published after her death, and she is considered to be one of the most important American poets.

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What would Emily Dickinson ask us to consider about our own creativity?

Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990)

I think the difference between me and some people is that I’m content to do my little bit. Sometimes people think they have to do big things in order to make change. But if each one would light a candle we’d have a tremendous light.”

Sister Thea was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister, a teacher, and scholar. She made a major contribution to the ministry of the Catholic Church and to her fellow African Americans. She helped found the National Black Sisters Conference to provide support for African-American women in Catholic religious institutions.

For more Inspiration:

What would Sister Thea ask you to consider was your ‘little bit?’

Anne Frank:  (1929-1945)

Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read books in the world.  It reveals the thoughts of a young, yet surprisingly mature 13-year old girl, confined to a secret hiding place.  Although she was a victim of the Holocaust, Anne is quoted as saying, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

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What would Anne ask us to reflect on in considering that “people are really good at heart?”

Hildegard of Bingen(1098-1179)

“Because a woman brought death a bright Maiden overcame it, and so the highest blessing in all of creation lies in the form of a woman, since God has become man in a sweet and blessed Virgin.”  From Hildegard’s writing “ Quia ergo femina”

 Mystic, author and composer.  Hildegard of Bingen lived a withdrawn life, spending most of her time behind convent walls.  However her writings, poetry and music were revelatory for the time period.  Popes, Kings, and influential people of her time consulted her.  Her writings and music have influenced people to this day.

For more Inspiration:

What might Hildegard ask us to consider when communicating our ideas with others?

 Saint Edith Stein:  (1891-1942)

“One could say that in case of need, every normal and healthy woman is able to hold a position. And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.”

Edith was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Carmelite nun in 1934. She was arrested by the Nazi’s in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. She died in the gas chamber on August 9, 1942.

For more Inspiration:

Do you agree with Edith? “There is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.”

Mary Magdalene:  (4BC-40AD) 

Accounts from the Gospels and other sources suggest Mary Magdalene as one of Jesus’ most devoted followers. Mary Magdalene stood near Jesus at his crucifixion and was the first to see his resurrection.

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What might Mary ask you to reflect on about your faith or belief system?

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986  France)

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.”

 A brilliant writer who turned her promiscuity into a moneymaking business under the mask of “Academic Writing” and “Social Experiment.”  Even though she struggled with drugs and alcohol, she managed to significantly impact both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. She is well known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, which outlined the oppression of women and helped lay the ground work for modern day feminism.

“How can Simone inspire you to be more of the woman you know yourself to be?”