"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me."
We love the sentiment behind this photo series, from a mom/photographer in Austin, Texas.
Her name is Jaime Moore and the young girl in the photos is her daughter Emma, dressed as five influential women: Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Coco Chanel and Jane Goodall.
Emma recently celebrated her 5th birthday, but rather than dressing up as a Disney princess, Moore decided to take these photos - to encourage young girls to look up to real women as role models.
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself.
My family has very strong women. My mother never laughed at my dream of Africa, even though everyone else did because we didn't have any money, because Africa was the 'dark continent', and because I was a girl.
Moore said she chose five women because her daughter turned five, but she says there are "thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world."
On her website, Moore wrote that Emma "wasn't born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that's what REALLY matters."
The series, entitled "Not Just A Girl", involved styling Emma's hair and posing to match the luminaries, as well as an inspirational quote from each.
"Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval."
Susan B. Anthony
"...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done - thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do."
Moore tells the Daily Mail, "Let's set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let's show our girls the REAL women they can be."
The series has sparked a lot of comments on Facebook. Here's a sample:
"My heroine was Marie Curie. I read about her when I was in grade school, and she inspired my love of science, especially chemistry and physics."
"LOVE the idea and the execution! What a wonderful and elegant idea".
"A simple idea with beautiful results."
Another said, "I want to emulate this with my son. Mahatma Ghandi. Albert Einstein. Neil Armstrong. John Lennon."
Via The Daily Mail