Class is in session! While we have some A+ vinas in app, there are a few women from history that we would swipe right for – if time travel was possible. These are the pioneering women who were leaders in some of history’s most important movements, but also embody traits that we’re looking for in a new friend. Let’s be honest: Jane Austen for high-noon tea at historic downtown Palace Hotel would be ideal.
FOR FEARLESS VINAS: ELIZABETH I
No, we’re not talking about the current matriarch of the Royal Family, but we do love her and her corgis. We’re talking about OG Elizabeth the First, who embodied what it means to shine through imposter syndrome. Considered to be the illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII, she succeeded to the throne at the age of 25 – during a time when her country was tearing itself apart in religious strife. In spite of subtle and not-so-subtle doubts on the legitimacy of her rule – not only as a royal, but as a Protestant and an unmarried woman, she ushered in a glorious age of arts and exploration for England. YOU GO, GLEN COCO.
FOR VINAS SEEKING WISDOM: JANE AUSTEN
Jane Austen, not to be confused with her spunky fictional character Elizabeth Bennet, is every bookbabe’s spiritual icon. Every writer’s hope is to live by her pen, and Jane did just that, a feat uncommon for her female contemporaries. Unlike some of her literary peers, she strayed away from the Gothic novel and focused on social realism and a comedic spotlight on courtship and socioeconomic and societal pressures. If you’re looking for a vina who will guide you through introspection, Jane would be the perfect friend to help you define your own personal version of womanhood.
FOR VINAS WHO WANT TO BE INSPIRED: SOJOURNER TRUTH
Abolitionist, women’s rights advocate and former slave, Sojourner Truth was a voice for movements for civil rights and women’s equality in the 19th Century. Her most stirring speech was at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, which came to be known as “Ain’t I A Woman?” For the intersectional feminist vinas out there, Sojourner Truth was passionate about seeing a world that opened up to both civil and women’s rights, understanding that both movements could not be successful without the other. For vinas who want a positive influence in your life, Sojourner would have given you a reason to believe in change.