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Uppity Women in History/Herstory: Interview with Author Vicki Leon

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As Joan put it, "I got it by the rich and I mean to leave it to the poor."

MAB: Thanks, Vicki -- maybe Ms. Dant inspired Robin Hood! This is so fascinating and I am looking forward to hearing more from you on OpEdNews. In the meantime, I understand you have a radio series on unsung female achievers of long ago, "The Uppity Women Calendar," which is is airing during Women's History month, though March 31. How do our readers access this series?

Sally Hemings by Sally Hemings, An American Love Story, video cover, Amazon

VL: My free audio podcasts are available on Facebook; simply go to Vicki Leon's Books for Uppity Women and "like" the page. The podcasts are posted daily throughout March. Visitors can scroll down to listen to all 31 of these two-minute, true tales, as well as see art images and interesting primary source documents that I post with the audio.

Despite the diabolical hysteria that led to witch hunts in earlier centuries, both in Europe and the American colonies, accused uppity women managed to survive -- and even thrive. One of my favorite "live to laugh and tell about it" audio stories is also posted on my website at

MAB: This has been a great way to celebrate Women's History month - thanks so much for sharing with us, Vicki!

VL: Thanks for the interview, it's been insightful and fun -- and it's always a pleasure to connect with another uppity kindred spirit!

We're so very lucky to be living now -- but it's easy to forget how far we've come. We need reminding. And my way is to pass along to your readers the true stories of these valiant fore-mothers and -sisters of ours, and their struggles with racism, sexism, and every other -ism. They were women who mattered -- just as we are.

4,000 Years of Uppity Women by Vicki Leon by Used by kind permission of Vicki Leon

See Vicki Leon's Uppity Women Wednesdays series on OpedNews here.

4000 Years of Uppity Women is available at Barnes & Noble and on Vicki Leon's website, here .

The images used in this article reference some of the outrageous and courageous women included in Vicki Leon's 4,000 Years of Uppity Women:

Artemisia Gentileschi pp 126-127. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Art

Hildegard of Bingen pp 78-80. A Millennial in a Million

Nefertiti pp 13-14. The Beautiful One Has Gone

Cynisca (Kyniska) pp 28-29. First Woman to Win Olympic "Gold"

Catherine the Great pp 68-70. Trio of Holy Terrors

Sofonisba Anguissola pp 126-128. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Art

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)

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This was one of the most fun interviews I have con... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:40:45 AM
Great piece, already ordered her book on uppity R... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:58:47 PM
Thanks, Robert!  Glad you liked it, and the ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:46:58 PM
Thank you for this informative interview with Vick... by Amy Schreiner on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 6:41:29 PM
Glad you liked the interview. Amy, and thanks for ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 8:33:08 PM
What a fabulous lady and a great interview, Meryl... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:16:44 PM
Well, I assure you that it will be a tasty experie... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 7:22:44 AM
As the child of an uppity woman myself, I've alway... by Greg Tamblyn on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:26:52 AM
LOL, Greg, any progeny of an uppity woman is a fri... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 11:21:48 AM
This book could assist many if included on the "r... by Cynthia Piano on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:22:04 PM
Yes I agree that our young girls need to read thes... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 8:04:38 PM
Yes, both young boys and girls would benefit grea... by Cynthia Piano on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:44:36 AM