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This pair of earrings is named after:
Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías  (1929-2001)
Helen grew up in Puerto Rico and New York City. She moved back to Puerto Rico for medical school, got married, had three children, got divorced ten years later, and moved back to New York City. Dr. Helen joined the women's rights movement in the 1970s. Dr. Helen noticed that white, middle-class women had access to abortion and birth control. Whereas, lower-income Black and Latina women were victims of sterilization abuse. At the time 1/3 of Puerto Rican women were sterilized, being told it was “reversible.” Dr. Helen helped rewrite sterilization guidelines for women, which required a woman's written consent to sterilization, offered in a language they can understand, and set a waiting period between the consent and the sterilization procedure. Dr. Helen lived out her life as a huge activist and advocate for equitable healthcare and rights.
As you wear these Helen-inspired earrings, it is my hope that we can remember her impact and continue her legacy today. 



This pair of earrings is named after:
Frida Kahlo­­­ (1907-1954)
Frida Kahlo was born to a German father and mixed mother near Mexico City. Frida was a great student and always had an interest in art. Frida experienced a devastating bus accident at age 18 that left her unable to bear children and living in chronic pain. She joined the Mexican Communist Party, where she met her husband, Diego Rivera. Both were artists and moved to San Francisco, then Detroit. She found she hated the capitalist culture of America and her art did better in Mexico, so she moved back to Mexico after her miscarriage and divorce. Frida did not adapt her style to what was acceptable or popular at the time. She used her art to express her pain, miscarriage, and divorce. Frida has arguably become one of the biggest icons in the feminist, LGBTQ+, and Chicano communities. ­­
As we wear these Frida-inspired earrings, it is my hope that we c­an reminisce and remember Frida’s life and become more like her.

This pair of earrings is named after:
Claude Cahun (1894-1954)
Claude was born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob. They adopted the name “Claude Cahun” at age 20. Claude lived with their grandma after their mother was admitted to a psychiatric facility. Claude settled with their lifelong partner, Marcel Moore. They became artistic partners and focused on surrealist photography, poetry, and novels. Claude was a trailblazer in challenging gender norms and the concept of masculinity and femininity. Although Claude was born female, today they would be considered non-binary. Without the language and community, Claude wasn’t able to live their most genuine life. The pride collection is named in honor of Claude, so we can learn the history of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community and become more mindful of our non-binary friends.
As we wear these Claude-inspired earrings, it is my hope that we can reminisce and remember Claude’s life and become more like them.

This pair of earrings is named after:  
The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women 
4 in 5 native women experience something violent in their life. Native women are 2.5x more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted. Native women are 10x more likely to be murdered. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) is an epidemic and human rights crisis. This collection was made to raise awareness about MMIW.I encourage you to do your own research. A small portion of profit is going towards paying off supplies, but the rest will be donated. Thank you for supporting MMIW.



This pair of earrings is named after:
Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937) 
Amelia had an interesting childhood. Her mother did not raise Amelia to be a “nice little girl.” Amelia wore pants, spent hours climbing trees, hunting rats with a rifle and spent most of her time outdoors. Amelia graduated high school and even kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings with women who were successful in male-dominated fields like engineering and law. Amid the Spanish flu pandemic, Amelia received nurse’s aid training and worked night shifts at a hospital. She contracted the Spanish flu and lived with chronic sinusitis for the rest of her life, which would affect her flying. Amelia decided to quit medical schooling and learn how to fly when she visited an airfield in 1920. Amelia’s parents divorced and the family inheritance was spent. Amelia set her sights on becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She succeeded and become a feminist icon for women in male-dominated fields. Amelia wrote books, got married and continued her life goal of flying around the world. She disappeared in this attempt.
As we wear these Amelia-inspired earrings, it is my hope that we can celebrate, commemorate and emulate Amelia’s example.
This pair of earrings is named after:  
Maya Angelou (1929-2014)
Maya was born in St. Louis, Missouri. At three years old, Maya’s parents separated. Maya lived between parents and grandparents for much of her childhood. When Maya was 8, she was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. He was in jail for a day and after being released, he was murdered. Maya felt like she was responsible for his death because she spoke up about the rape. This traumatic experience silenced her for years. Maya became a mother at 17 years old, married for several years, and divorced. Maya danced professionally, which would allow her opportunities to travel. Maya started her writing career in 1959. Soon after she met, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  This sparked her interest in civil rights. In 1969, she published her most well-known autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Although she did not have a bachelor’s degree, Maya taught at universities. She spent her life writing, involved in politics and civil rights movements. Maya’s life and work has greatly changed perceptions of Black female writers. Her work is still revered today for its ability to open conversations about sexual assault, racism, patriarchy, and resilience.
As we wear these Maya-inspired earrings, it is my hope that we can celebrate, commemorate, and emulate Maya’s example.
This pair of earrings is named after:
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) 
From a young age, Rachel was curious about the world around her. Rachel grew up in Pennsylvania, exploring their family farm and reading books about the ocean and world around her. She attended college and studied biology. Rachel was accepted to John Hopkins University for graduate school, but could not attend due to family finances. Her father died, the Great Depression hit, and she was forced to go home instead of pursuing her doctorate degree. Throughout many hardships, Rachel pursued lab and internship jobs that formed her love for research. Rachel is best known for Silent Spring. Rachel was the first person to raise concerns and a voice against DDT and other chemical pesticides. She initiated the beginning of a global environmental movement. 
As we wear this Rachel inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.



This jewelry is named and inspired by:
Marie Curie  (1867-1934)  
Marie was born in Poland and struggled through her childhood as a result of her family’s involvement in the Polish national uprisings. She earned her education in France, became a French citizen by marriage, and began conducting pioneering research on radioactivity with her husband Pierre Curie. She coined the term “radioactivity” and became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903. In 1911, she was recognized for her discoveries of polonium and radium and received her second Nobel Prize. She would go on to develop mobile radiography units to provide x-ray services in hospitals. In the middle of her prestigious career, she birthed and raised her 2 daughters. At age 66, she died from the continued exposure to radiation throughout her career. 
As we wear this Marie inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today. 

This pair of earrings is named after:
Beatrix Potter (1886-1943)
Beatrix grew up observing and drawing animals, insects, and wildlife with her brother. Her first sketchbook came from her summer vacations at age eight. Like most women in the Victorian age, she received private education instead of going to university. She studied all things in science, except astronomy. She was always imaginative and combined her love for science with her imagination by illustrating children’s books. Beatrix self-published The Tales of Peter Rabbit and it immediately became a success. In her lifetime, she wrote over 60 books, with 23 children’s books. She was a remarkable businesswoman. She was the first author to license a fictional character and make stuffed toys and other merchandise off their characters. Her books live on today and are apart of many children’s childhoods. Beatrix was a sheep farmer and preservationist. She bought land to preserve them and after dying, she donated this land to the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.  
As we wear this Beatrix inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.
This pair of earrings is named after:
Hypatia  (355 AD - 415 AD)
Hypatia was born in Ancient Greece and was the daughter of a mathematician. Her father never tried to discourage Hypatia’s interest in astronomy, math, and philosophy. Hypatia became a member of the Neoplatonic school, which was typically an organization of academically elite men. Hypatia studied philosophy in Athens, but returned to Alexandria to create astrolabes, which are used to measure and chart celestial bodies. Hypatia practiced paganism and was killed by Christian extremists for her paganist practice, feminist beliefs, and nuanced career path. Hypatia was a woman ahead of her time and her achievements and beliefs live on today. 
As we wear this Hypatia inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.
This pair of earrings is named after:
Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1994)
Marsha was born Malcom Michaels Jr. She grew up in a Christian household with a father that did not approve of her desire to wear traditional feminine clothing. Marsha graduated high school, left home with $15 and some clothes to move to New York’s Greenwich Village. Marsha was homeless and turned to sex work to survive. She found the night life community where she began drag shows. This is when Marsha changed her name to “Marsha P. Johnson.” The “P” stands for “pay it no mind,” which is a phrase she would use when people were being too noisy or judgmental. When Marsha was 23, she arrived at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar. Stonewall Inn had been a target for police brutality. Marsha rioted for several days with her LGBTQ+ community. Marsha has become an icon for her involvement in the Stonewall Uprising, which sparked the first gay pride marches across America. Marsha dedicated her life to the Gay Rights Movement. She started an organization to help feed, cloth, house and advocate for transgender youth. Marsha was an AIDS activist and announced that she was HIV positive. Marsha struggled with mental illness much of her life and was found drowned in the Hudson River. Her death was declared a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2012. Marsha was a survivor, activist, pioneer, and icon in the LGBTQ+ community.
As we wear this Marsha inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.

This jewelry is named and inspired by:

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656)

Artemisia was born in Rome and started painting at a young age. She was raised by her father after her mother died. As an artist, he took an interest mentoring her through young art career. When Artemisia was 18, she was raped. Artemisia, to preserve her social status and “virtue,” attempted to cultivate a relationship with her perpetrator and marry him. After finding out he was not serious about marrying her, Artemisia’s father pressed charges against Artemisia’s perpetrator, who was exiled from Rome, but it was never enforced. Following the trial, Artemisia got married and moved to Florence, which was pivotal for her artistic career. She was the first woman to be accepted by the local prestigious art school. Influenced by her life experiences, 94% of Artemisia’s artwork portrays women as the protagonist: courageous, powerful, strong. She went on to mother five children, four of which died before age 5. Her themes of female empowerment and loss, along with her pure talent and Caravaggio-like style, make her a feminist icon. Artemisia’s work and story still holds value and power today.

As we wear this Artemisia inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.


This pair of earrings is named after:
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Jane grew up learning French, needlework, dance, and music with her sisters. She contracted typhus and nearly died. She wrote poems to keep herself occupied while recovering. At age 21, she started to write the manuscript for what would become Pride and Prejudice. Jane eventually published all her books anonymously. Her books are famous for her critique of female dependency on marriage and keeping a favorable social standing. Her social commentary, realism, and biting irony have earned her acclaim and criticism alike. Jane’s work became popular after her death. 
As we wear this Jane inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.



This jewelry is named and inspired by:
Queen Lili'uokalani (1838-1917)
Lili'uokalani was born in Honolulu on the island of O'ahu to parents who were part of a nobility class of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. As a child she was baptized as a Christian and began attending The Royal School at the age of four. All of the children who were eligible for the throne attended The Royal School. There she learned many different subjects including music and composition. Her education there would later help her compose Aloha 'Oe. She often said that looked back on this time unfavorably because of the treatment of the children there. She was very passionate about the well-being of children. She and her husband never had biological children, but they adopted and took care of many children. After her brother died she became queen of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. During her reign she outwardly opposed the annexation of Hawai'i and fought for the restoration of voting power to the Native Hawaiian people. 
As we wear this Lili'uokalani inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce on her life and share her story with others today. 



This jewelry is named and inspired by:
Mildred Loving (1939-2008)
Mildred grew up in Virginia at a time where being African American and Native American held many obstacles. Mildred met her husband, Richard, a white man, in their teen years, got pregnant at 18, and decided to get married in Washington D.C. in January 1958. At the time, they didn’t realize their interracial marriage was illegal back home in Virginia. After returning home, they were arrested, pled guilty, and given the choice to move from Virginia for 25 years or serve one year in prison. They moved away from their hometown and families. Mildred collaborated with the ACLU and their lawsuit made it to the Supreme Court. Loving V. Virginia ruled in favor of Mildred and Richard in June 12, 1967. This ruling made interracial marriage legal in America on the basis of the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. Mildred and Richard moved back to their hometown, had two children together, and continued supporting the freedom to love for all. 
As we wear this Mildred inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today. 

This pair of earrings is named after:
Elizabeth Ware Packard (1816-1891)
Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. When she was 23, her parents encouraged her to marry Theophilus Packard. Together they had six children and lived in Illinois. The couple fought over his extreme religious beliefs, family finances, raising children, and Elizabeth’s abolitionist beliefs. In 1851, Theophilus didn’t agree with Elizabeth’s beliefs, deemed her “slightly insane,” and sent her to the Jacksonville Insane Asylum. Husbands sending their wives to mental hospitals was common and allowed by law at the time. She was released after being there for three years and doctors called her “incurable.” Elizabeth sued Theophilus and the jury took seven minutes to declare her mentally sane. Elizabeth went on to become an activist for women’s right, mental health, and anti-asylum work. 
As we wear this Elizabeth inspired jewelry, it is my hope we can reminisce and remember her life and influence on us today.