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Fierce Femme Friday: Franca Viola

In the wave of #metoo stories, there is the story of one woman making the rounds that is worth noting. Her name: Franca Viola. Franca, a beautiful farmer’s daughter in Sicily, caught the eye of a low level criminal by the name of Filippo Melodia. However, Franca had no interest in him. For about six months… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: Franca Viola

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Fierce Femme Friday: Elizabeth Farnham

For today’s Fierce Femme Friday I thought it would be good to look at an early reformer who didn’t believe that women were equal to men…they were superior. Originally hailing from New York, Elizabeth Farnham, born in 1815, was a self-educated woman who devoured the works of Voltaire and Pain. When she was 21 she… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: Elizabeth Farnham

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Fierce Femme Friday: Rosie the Riveter

In continuation of my look at who Italian American’s can choose for a new American Icon is a woman we all know and love… Rosie the Riveter. That’s right my friends, the famed American Icon is based on Rosie Bonavita. Rosie the Riveter is actually a compilation of multiple women by the name of Rose… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: Rosie the Riveter

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Fierce Femme Friday: Mother Cabrini

Growing up I was taught to look up to Christopher Columbus. It was just because he discovered America, it was because he was an Italian. The first Italian American. Columbus day was our day, after all, it was on Columbus Day that the government decided to declassify Italian Americans as enemy aliens during World War… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: Mother Cabrini

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Fierce Femme Friday: May Alcott Guest Post by Elise Hooper

  In celebration of the debut of The Other Alcott, Fierce Femme Friday will be exploring the trail blazing artist, May Alcott, with the help of Author, Elise Hooper. *** Fans of Little Women travel from all over the world to visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts. For Louisa’s devoted readers, it’s… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: May Alcott Guest Post by Elise Hooper

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Fierce Femme Friday: Alice Allison Dunnigan

Today’s Fierce Femme Friday is brought to us by Michele Leivas. Many of you know her from our podcast, Wine, Women and Words but what you probably don’t know is that she is a great journalist. **** Russellville is a small town in Logan County, Kentucky. Its population hovers just around 7,000 residents and it… Continue reading Fierce Femme Friday: Alice Allison Dunnigan