She was many things: an actress, a dancer, a chemist, an artist, and a pioneer in stage lighting and choreography. She was inquisitive and energetic, full of creativity and drive. She was always looking for ways to help her friends and was the belle of Paris and the Art Nouveau movement…but she is best referred to as La Loïe, THE Loïe, one of a kind.
For International Nurses Day, we’re revisiting our coverage of Mary Seacole. While, technically, she wasn’t a nurse, she was very much a brave medical caregiver, a “doctress,” an entrepreneur, and one heck of a jam-maker who served those fighting at the front of the Crimean War (and so much more.) If you are interested in a more directly related nurse episode, we recommend our coverage of Florence Nightingale (as well as several others, mentioned in this episode.)
In Part 3, Maya Angelou has stretched to fill many spheres of influence; she gathered accolades as she climbed and was generous with her experiences. Her lantern of wisdom shone all over the world, lighting the way ahead for others to follow.
Part 2 is a roller coaster! Maya Angelou faced some of her greatest challenges during this period of her life, and handled them all with the true grit we’ve come to expect of her. And then she triumphed in three separate spheres, one right after another; theater, journalism, and political activism.
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.
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