Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Heroes: Where ARE All the Female Heroes?

I read this article Where Are All the Female Heroes and Superheroes? as I embarked on my month of blogging to the theme of heroes. I admit that this article inspired me to make sure I highlighted female heroes in my blog posts during the month of June 2009.

To recap, these female heroes included:
  1. Mrs. Chrisse Collins and her daughter Linda, co-founders of the Medic Alert Foundation.
  2. Jenni Prokopy of the ChronicBabe.com website, Kristin Thorson of the Fibromyalgia Network, Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.com and Lisa Copen of Invisible Illness Week.
  3. Dottie Thomas who, working along side her husband Dr. Don Thomas, co-discovered the secrets to successful bone marrow transplantation. Her name should have been on the Nobel Prize her husband won!
  4. Diabetologist Dr. Anne Peters.
  5. UCLA Livestrong Survivor Specialists, Dr. Jacqueline Casillas and Dr. Patricia Ganz.
  6. HealEmru.com webmaster and editor and bone marrow donation advocate Tamu Townsend, who is the sister of Emru.
  7. Karen Redding, LCSW, the group facilitator of the Thursday Night Support Group I attended from 1988 to 1990. She inspired me to become a social worker.
  8. Dina Rosen, LCSW, MD, MPA, my dear friend and HIV/AIDS physician and services administrator.
  9. My Grandma Ann Devine who taught me about unconditional love through her words and actions.
  10. My wonderful female friends who are heroes to me personally.
  11. My favorite TV female heroes: Wonder Woman, Dana Scully, M.D. from the X-Files, Melinda Gordon from Ghost Whisperer, Allison DuBois from Medium, Sarah Connor from Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Claire Bennett from Heroes, Max from Dark Angel, Prudence, Piper, Pheobe and Paige Halliwell from Charmed, Mandy from the Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Captain Kathryn Janeway from Voyager and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace for Battlestar Galatica.
  12. And the everyday hero, me!
But if you didn't get enough of female heroes, you're in luck because I have found some very cool links to other blogs and websites devoted to female heroes.
  1. Click here to visit the blog of The Hero Workshop and a month of posts on Women's History Heroes from March 2008.
  2. Click here to read an article about female Internet heroes from The Next Women-Business Magazine for Female Internet Heroes.
  3. Click here to preview the book Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena by Varla Ventura.
  4. Click here to read The 10 Best Female Action Heroes, a feature story by Christopher Null.
If you want to be a female hero, consider donating blood, becoming a bone marrow donor and/or becoming an organ donor, because women outnumber men in these heroic endeavors.

As you can see, I have found female heroes and discovered that they can be found almost anywhere if you look closely.

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