The Illuminators: Women’s History Month

We’re energized by the women who didn’t ask permission and lived the full expression of their creativity and vision.

Ruby Sampson

Our namesake Ruby Sampson was the mother of 8 and one of the most renowned seamstresses in Georgetown, Guyana in the 50s and 60s. She passed the art of the trade to her children, who passed the trade to her grandchildren. We honor her this month, and every month! Read Our Story.

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Celia Cruz 

A black Latina, Celia had to sneak into contests and the radio to share her vocal gift, although her father demanded she find a "real" career. Despite disobeying her family, Celia lived her life in color with her operatic sound and vibrant style that transcends cultures and lasts decades.

womens history month celia cruz blog ruby sampson
womens history month celia cruz blog ruby sampson
 

Frida Khalo

Frida’s life threatening bus crash that eventually led to an amputated leg and back brace inspired her paintings and style. Despite the kids taunting “Frida! where’s the circus?!” her freethinking spirit, style and artistry demanded international acclaim and the cover of Vogue.

womens history month frida khalo blog ruby sampson

womens history month frida khalo blog ruby sampson
womens history month frida khalo blog ruby sampson


Michelle Obama

Michelle didn’t think she could be First Lady as a child, but went on to inspire a generation of Black and Brown women by changing the face of power. Once in office, she remained composed and steadfast under relentless fire. 

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womens history month michelle obama blog ruby sampson


Marilyn Monroe 

Marilyn said “if I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere.” We can relate. 

womens history month marilyn monroe blog ruby sampson
womens history month marilyn monroe blog ruby sampson


Cicely Tyson

Cicely refused to adhere to racial stereotypes by  carefully selecting her roles. She inspired generations of actresses and amazing hairstyles. 

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womens history month cicely tyson blog ruby sampson
womens history month cicely tyson blog ruby sampson

Maya Angelou

In and Out of Time, Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise...Maya continues to narrate our lives years later. As a child, Maya was mute for 6 years before she sang this.

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