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this week ~ Americana
july 3, 2015

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch...From her beacon hand glows world-wide welcome.
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The anniversary of the very first US holiday is front-and-center this weekend ~ 239 years after the signing of the American Declaration of Independence.

The Statue of Liberty is also a memorial to the nation’s founding moment. She holds a torch in one mighty arm and in the other, a tablet engraved with the date July 4, 1776.

Here are stories of history-making ladies of liberty to enjoy and share as you head out to picnics, parades + firework displays.


Annie Oakley
the queen of the wild frontier

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“Aim at the high mark and you will hit it.”
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~ a poor farm girl who supported her siblings and widowed mother by hunting + trapping

~ a demure, 5-foot-tall sharpshooter from the Great Plains

~ a headlining Wild-West performer who toured the world with Bill Cody and Sitting Bull

The Ohio-born Annie Oakley took her first shot at age 8 ~ using her father’s old rifle hanging over the mantle to take aim at a squirrel. The “little sure-shot” made a name for herself by besting male competitors...including Frank Butler, the marksman who would become her husband, manager + stage assistant.

In her heyday, Annie took her guns around the globe, performing stunts that combined stunning speed and accuracy with captivating stage presence. She could shoot an edge-on playing card at 30 paces. Or, the ashes off a cigarette dangling from her husband’s lips.

She was America’s first female superstar. And, an icon for American culture as a self-made woman who “aimed high” to hit “the bull’s-eye of success.”

Annie was ready to use her skills to serve her country. See more about her {politely declined} proposal to head an all-female special forces during the Spanish-American War...

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Wilma Rudolph
the USA sprinting sensation

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"I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I'm competing
with is me."

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~ the 20th in a Tennessee family of 22 children who grew up under segregation

~ the first woman to win 3 gold medals in track and field at one Olympics

~ one of America’s greatest sports heroes who retired early to become a teacher + coach

Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely and plagued with childhood illnesses that kept her in leg braces till age 9. The doctors who told her she would never walk again were shocked when she became internationally recognized as the “fastest woman in the world” following her triple triumph at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Topping the podium abroad took place just as the civil rights movement was kicking into high gear at home. Wilma was surprised by her instant international celebrity. The gold medalist was mobbed by reporters + fans and awash with invites for visits with royalty + world leaders.

For Wilma, running was an expression of personal freedom and hunger for greatness. Her talent and historic grit made her a hero for freedom fighters everywhere.

Discover more about the US vs. USSR relay that led to the “grandest moment” in Wilma’s track-and-field career...

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Katy Perry
the sparkling songster

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“Ignite the light and let it shine...’Cause, baby, you’re a firework!”
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~ a Pentecostal preacher’s daughter who got her start playing guitar + performing gospel music

~ an aspiring California singer-songwriter who went pro at 15...then worked 10 years to put out her first hit single

~ an unapologetically fun + quirky platinum pop superstar known for fanciful + colorful high-production performances

Katy Perry’s 2001 debut album sold roughly 200 copies. Today, she tops the charts as the highest-earning celeb in the music industry...a stat she proudly publicized in a recent Forbes cover story which dubbed the diva “America’s pop export.”

Katy’s personal fav among her hit songs? “Firework” ~ the addictive self-empowerment anthem she co-wrote for the 2010 album Teenage Dream. It’s a song that speaks to her own story of believing in her unique voice + vision. And, an opus that inspires dance parties whenever/wherever it airs.

The hit single has become a go-to track for Independence-Day playlists + accompaniment for pyrotechnic displays {including those at Katy’s concerts}. This past February, Katy closed her epic Super Bowl half-time show ~ seen by 118.5 million people ~ by belting “Firework” while literally shooting across the sky on a platform trailing sparklers.

Hear more of the powerful beats + bold statements that have created millions of KatyCats...

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