I'm a history nerd. I studied Ancient Rome and Latin in college, and worked on an archaeological dig in Tuscany for a number of summers. I love looking at the past, and learning from those that came before us.
When it came time to design #UNCVRDholiday16, I was constantly being bombarded by election stuff. Articles being pushed through my iPhone, passionate posts on Facebook - it was everywhere. So much of what I was seeing everyday on the news was making me feel like I had stepped into a time machine....taken back a solid 60 years when people were not treated as equals, due to the color of their skin, or where there family came from. Haven't we learned? Haven't we seen the irreperable damage that this view can cause? Day after day, I was reminded that the answer was a resounding "no".
I want to be on the right side of history. I don't want to look back when I'm old and grey filled with regret over times I stayed silent, times I didn't act while people were being oppressed and abused. It got me thinking about the brave women who came before us, who stood up against all odds for what they knew to be right. These female abolitionists endured ridicule and even abuse all for the sake of equality and freedom. This was during a time when women were still expected to be seen and not heard, yet they still used their voice and their resources to join together and put systems into place that would change the lives of so many. It wasn't viewed as cool, trendy, or Instagram-worthy, but they didn't care. They were rebels.
Each piece in this collection is named after a historical female freedom fighter that personally inspires me to stand up and use my voice and my talents to make a difference. I invite you to SHOP the collection and LEARN more about these incredible bad ass babes.
Let's be like them. Let's be rebels.