From Boudicca to Jane Austin, interview with Ladies of History

In this interiew, we get to talk with Ladies of History about and her origins with promoting women in history

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how the idea for your page came about? 

I’m twenty years old and from Germany.  I was on holidays when I found the page Women of History.  I loved each and every story and thought, since I always like history and women in history, why not start a page like hers too?  So I did.  And now I have new knowledge, new friends (like the person who helps me with my account) and am able to learn about so many amazing people every day.

Who is the most influential historical figure in your mind and why? 

Uhh. There are so many.  I really can’t decide.  I like the women who influenced their surrounding people by being kind and intelligent, and smart in the way they did it.  Not manipulative.  But at the moment I can’t think of a specific woman.

So our audience is both into history and fitness.  How would you define history?  And in the same light, how would you define fitness? 

For me, history is something we can always learn from.  We should never forget the awful events that had happened but on the same time we should not hold it against us.

For example: Hitler and the Nazis.  My grandparents were born to that time and not a part of the Nazis.  Our generation is not responsible for the past.  Still, sometimes people are very mean and call us Nazis even though we obviously aren’t.  Nevertheless we should never forget what happened or eliminate it of our brains.  We should keep it in mind so that something terrible like that won’t happen again.

Also, it is extremely interesting for me to see the change of each different culture from the past to know.  See the adjustments and the difference.

Fitness, as a woman, I think it doesn’t matter how much you weigh.  If you think you’re pretty in front of a mirror.  That’s why I think you should do fitness for the whole reason fo losing weight but for doing it to get/stay healthy.

Compared to the past where men and women weighed much more and had eg. heart problems, you can see that fitness helped us to be more healthier nowadays.

Back to my previous statement [on the point about cultures;] not only cultures but also women.  [Seeing] how the role of women changed through the years, centuries.

Do you feel that there is a skewed perception about women in history? 

I think if people really try to learn about women in history they will see different versions of it and can make their own decisions.

Have you ever felt like your personal values were challenged by what you were readign? 

No, I don’t think so.

Moving on, what does empathy mean to you and how would you say that history builds empathetic thinking? 

I think history builds empathetic thinking through how its all written down.  It always depends on the point of view its written.

I was curious about one of your recent posts on Lucrezia and her marriage to a Medici.  For our readers, the Medici’s were a powerful family in Florence.  In fact, they helped influence the collaboration of some of the greatest artists and people of the Renaissance (like Michelangelo and Leonardo De Vinci)

The parents of Lucrecia Tornabuoni (1425-1482) were members of two of the oldest and most powerful Florentine Familie, the Tornabuoni and Guicciardini, and with her marriage to the eldest son of Cosimo de’ Medici, she married into another influential family. She was a successful landowner, buying and leasing property, collecting rents, renovating a hot spring, turning it into a family retreat and a spa for paying guests, and ran the daily affairs of the Medici household while her husband was often ill. He sent her on diplomatic missions that required tact and delicacy. After her husband's death, she continued to have an influence in Florentine civic affairs, measured not only by the advice she offered to her son but also by the careful arrangement of her children's marriages, building political bridges and reinforcing links between important allies. _____________________ Her public role was also maintained by her key role in funding charitable enterprises throughout the city. She had a role in helping to provide dowries for young women who petitioned for her assistance and answering the requests of nuns for cloth so that they could make their habits. She was beloved by her people, even in a time when Medici relations were often tense. ________________ And, by the way, Lucrezia Tornabuoni is a foremother of Caterina de' Medici, who ultimately became queen and regent of France. Lucrezia is Caterina's great-great-grandmother.

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I haven’t heard of that.  But that would be very interesting to know.

What would you say that we can do to raise more awareness about women in history? 

Tough question.  I have no idea…:/

Whats next for you and ladies of history? 

I don’t have anything planned.  I just want to learn about the women of our past and share the knowledge.

Awesome.  It was great getting the chance to speak with you.  

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