I am woman. Hear me ROAR!
March has been designated as Women’s History Month. It was established to pay tribute to women whose achievements have made a difference in our culture, society, and everyday lives. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”
One woman who demonstrated these characteristics was Moina Belle Michael. If you’ve ever seen a veteran wear a red poppy, Moina Belle Michael is the woman behind the flower.
The Poppy Lady written by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and beautifully illustrated by Layne Johnson tells the story of a woman with a cause. When World War I broke out, Moina Belle Michael wanted to do everything she could for the soldiers who fought for our freedom. The poem, “In Flanders Field,” that gave tribute to soldiers who had died on the battlefield moved and inspired Moina. The description of the red poppies blowing between the white crosses that marked the soldiers’ graves gave Moina an idea. She wanted to make the red poppy a symbol to honor and remember soldiers. For the rest of her life, Moina Belle Michael worked diligently to ensure the symbol of the red poppy was recognized by all. An added treat to this book is the interesting back matter the author includes about “The Poppy Lady” and the symbol.
There are long lists of women in history who have demonstrated character, courage, and commitment. We need strong women to act as role models for our younger generation to encourage them to reach their goals and full potential.
What woman in history inspired you?