March 1st starts a month long focus on the significant contributions of women to our local and global communities. Women’s History Month reminds all of us to value gender equality, advocate for women’s rights and issues. When we value the contributions of women, society and the world changes for the better.
This month I wanted to share with you my list of women who have given me a reason to pause, think and take on a new perspective on humanity. These are women from diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives. As a personal challenge, I presented them in an alphabetical form.
Let’s begin with one of my favorite authors: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, later known to the world as Dame Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie has authored over 200 stories. No doubt you are aware of the various TV adaptations of Poirot and Miss Marple.
I could give you a brief biography but please allow me to direct you to this website for the full details. For this post, I wanted to point out a few remarkable details about Dame Christie which stood out for me:
- She started writing because of a bet from her sister that she could not write a detective story;
- Publishers ignored her first novel;
- Admirers note she observed far more than being conversational, which made her characters far more interesting to engage;
- She kept copious notes for her novel ideas;
Plots come to me at such odd moments, when I am walking along the street, or examining a hat shop…suddenly a splendid idea comes into my head. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
I have to thank her because I fell in love with…
Yes, the venerable Belgian Detective, Monsieur Hercule Poirot. I try to take care of my “little grey cells.”
Is there an author you admire?