Notable Birthdays

Today, April 21st is the birthday of two important and very notable women who proved and continue to prove that women are far more capable than some think they are.

Charlotte Bronte was born 200 years ago today.

Her early years could have not, by any stretch of the imagination, predicted her success as a writer during her adult years.

The third child of Patrick and Maria Bronte, Charlotte tragically became the oldest child after her two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth died of childhood disease.   After Mrs. Bronte died soon after the birth of her youngest child, Patrick Bronte raised his children with the help of his sister-in-law.

As an adult, Charlotte Bronte was her father’s daughter. An early feminist and a great reader, Bronte’s most famous novel Jane Eyre is the story of an orphaned young woman who overcomes all of the barriers that Victorian society placed before her to find happiness.

Today is also the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sitting on the throne since the late 1940’s, she has surpassed her great-great- grandmother, Queen Victoria as the world’s longest reigning monarch.

Taking the throne in an era when women were told that their lives were best spent as wives and mothers, she proved that a woman is capable to maintaining a career while living the traditional life of a wife and mother.

Happy Birthday.

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