STORIES FULL OF COLOR
The new Palette colors are inspired by the stories of women who lived truly, authentically, and achieved things believed impossible!
Amelia Earhart Red
Courage and Vision
"I want to do it, because I want to do it. Women should try to do things the way men did. When they fail, their failure should be nothing more than a challenge to others."
On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave Amelia Earhart a life-changing ride. "When I took off two or three hundred feet from the ground, I knew I had to fly." Defying the conventional feminine behavior of the time and the disapproval or doubt of many, she remained true to her beliefs. Earhart took her first flight lesson on January 3, 1921, and, in six months, managed to save enough money to buy her first airplane. She used the preowned Kinner Airster in bright yellow, "The Canary", to make her first women's record by climbing 14,000 feet. In April 1928, she was asked to be a co-pilot on a landmark flight to Burry Port, Wales, where she became the first woman to fly over the Atlantic. On May 20, 1932, she became the first woman and the second person to fly across the Atlantic alone, proving that men and women were equal in "jobs that required intelligence, coordination, speed, composure, and will." She was awarded the National Geographic Gold Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross (the first ever given to a woman). In 1935, he became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean and the first to fly solo from Mexico City to Newark. In 1937, as Earhart approached her 40th birthday, she was ready for a monumental challenge: to become the first woman to fly around the world. Unfortunately, on July 19, Amelia was missing. Despite the many theories, there is no evidence of Earhart's fate. There is no doubt, however, that we will always remember her for her courage, vision, and pioneering achievements, both for aviation and for women.
We give Amelia Earhart the red shade of our collection, as we are inspired by her courage, vision, and pioneering achievements, both for aviation and for women. It pushes us to keep our eyes and hearts focused on the journey, and not to let fear hold us back. With courage, gratitude, and perseverance, she inspires us to define our lives how we want and to support each other. The adventure alone is worth the challenge. In her words, "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is just persistence. Fears are paper tigers. You can do whatever you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the process, the process itself is rewarding".
Mae Jemison Orange
Hard Work and Devotion
"Ask yourself, what kind of things are connected with your personality. Pay attention to the world around you and then find the places where you think you are capable. Follow your bliss - and bliss does not mean that it will necessarily be easy! "
As a doctor, engineer, and NASA astronaut, Mae Jemison has always strived to reach the stars. In 1992, Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space. Mae was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. Jemison knew she wanted to study science at a very young age. She grew up watching Apollo TV shows, but was often upset that there were no female astronauts - so she decided to travel into space one day. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1973 when he was 16 years old. After graduating, Jemison left Chicago to study at Stanford University in California. As one of the only African-American students in her class, Jemison experienced racial discrimination at school. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies as well as a Ph.D. in Medicine from Cornell, while she is fluent in Russian, Japanese, and Swahili. When Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983, Jemison decided to apply to NASA's astronaut program. After being selected, Jemison trained at NASA and worked on projects at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Shuttle Aircraft Integration Laboratory. She received her first mission on 28 September 1989 when she was selected to join the STS-47 crew as a Mission Specialist. On September 12, 1992, Jemison and six other astronauts flew into space on the Endeavor space shuttle. This trip made Jemison the first African-American woman in space. Jemison left NASA in 1993 after serving as an astronaut for a total of six years. In the following years, he won several awards and is part of many organizations and ventures. Jemison is currently leading the 100 Year Starship project through the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This project works to ensure that human space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years.
We give Mae the orange hue of this collection, as it reminds us of the color of her spacesuit and the energy it transmits to us. Mae reminds me that success lies somewhere between emotion, thought, and action. It inspires us to listen to our minds but also our hearts, despite skeptics, self-doubt, and obstacles in our path. She motivates us to think big and work harder. She reminds us to listen to our inner compass — that voice that leads to our authentic selves. In her words, "Human behavior is closely intertwined with what we do. If we do not bring the full range of experiences to the table, we will lose something. And then we will not have the best chance of success."
Gertrude Stein Khaki
Eccentricity and Courage
"Everyone knows that if you are very careful, you are so busy being careful that you are sure to stumble upon something."
Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874, in Allegheny City and died on July 27, 1946, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. She was the pioneering American writer who went down in history for her eccentric style and genius, whose home in Paris was a salon for the top artists and writers of the period between World War I and World War II.
Stein spent her infancy in Vienna and Passy, France, and her young years in Auckland, California. She entered the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women (renamed Radcliffe College in 1894), where she studied psychology with the philosopher William James and received her degree in 1898. She studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1897 to 1902 and then, with her older brother Leo, they moved first to London and then to Paris. She lived with Leo, who became a renowned art critic, until 1909. She then lived with her lifelong partner, Alice B. Toklas.
Stein and her brother were among the first collectors of Cubist and other experimental painters of the period, such as Pablo Picasso (who painted her portrait), Henri Matisse, and Georges Braque, many of whom became friends. In her living room, she mingled with expatriate American writers whom she called the "Lost Generation," including Sergund Anderson and Ernest Hemingway, and other visitors who were drawn to her literary reputation. Her literary and artistic judgments were respected and her random remarks could create or destroy a reputation.
In her own work, she tried to parallel the theories of Cubism, especially in her concentration on the illumination of the present moment (for which she often relies on the present tense) and in the use of slightly different repetitions and extreme simplification and fragmentation. The best explanation of her theory of writing is in the essay Composition as Explanation, which is based on lectures given at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and published as a book in 1926. Her first published book, Three Lives (1909), the stories of three working-class women, has been described as a small masterpiece. The Making of Americans, a large composition is written in 1906-1911 but not published until 1925, was too complicated and obscure for general readers, for whom it remained essentially the author of such lines as "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. » Her only book to reach the general public was The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), in fact, Stein's autobiography.
The eccentric Stein was not modest in her self-esteem: "Einstein was the creative philosophical mind of the century and I was the creative literary mind of the century." She became a legend in Paris, especially after surviving the German occupation of France and becoming friends with the many young American soldiers who visited her. He wrote about these soldiers in Brewsie and Willie (1946).
We give Gertrude Stein the khaki hue of our collection for the strength and solidity that inspires us but also his ability to characterize in a special way, like her. It inspires us to express ourselves the way we want, to comment, to participate, and to keep our views stable. Gertrude Stein reminds us that observing and seeing beyond what is right in front of us is the meaning of every living spirit and makes us realize how unique each person next to us is. In her words "Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful".
Perseverance and Knowledge
"Knowledge is power and honestly you never know where you can use something that while reading it seems insignificant. Life requires knowledge and perseverance! "
Giorgina Anzulata was born on November 3, 1908, in Trieste, Italy, and settled with her mother in America a few years later. Giorgina constantly wanted to learn and discover the world around her. She spends all her free time reading, painting, and inventing things. The Leonardo Da Vinci School of Fine Arts in New York makes an exception and allows her to enroll in her curriculum even if she is only 15 years old. From there, she graduated with the title of textile designer and met her future husband Donald Reid. They move to Queens together but dream of the sea. With their lifelong savings, they buy a house on Rocky Point Long Island where they plan to stay for the rest of their lives. However, the neighbors warn them about the erosion of the soil, and in fact, after two years due to the bad weather, they lose part of their garden after it falls into the sea. Georgina's husband wants to sell the house, but Giorgina has an idea from a book she read years ago. She makes a plan to tackle erosion, according to a Japanese gardening method. She creates terraces that allow rainwater to escape without affecting the soil with the help of reeds, fabric, and sand. Indeed, although it's raining next summer, Reid's house is the only one that resists soil erosion. Giorgina did it. At the same time, on Long Island, there is another major victim of erosion, the famous Montauk lighthouse. The authorities want to demolish it, as the soil erosion is very extended and the replacement of traditional lighthouses with modern ones has begun. Citizens are constantly protesting against the abandonment of the lighthouse, but nothing changes until a tiny lady appears in the office of the Coast Guard commander with a plan to save the monument. After much effort, they trusted her vision, and the work of rescuing the lighthouse begins. The rocks around the property get fortified with stair treads. Many joined Giorgina to help her complete the project. It took them 15 years. In the early 1990s, the investment that was made contained 28,000 tons of rock. All work was completed in 1998 and the lighthouse was saved. The Coast Guard awarded her and US President Ronald Reagan sent her a personal letter congratulating her. Giorgina was overjoyed. Towards the end of her life, she suffered from Alzheimer's and the only thing she could remember accurately is the process of creating the stair treads. Her last visit to the lighthouse is on the inauguration day of a special hall dedicated to her. She dies at the age of 92 and is buried next to her husband, with the title of the keeper of the light. Montauk Lighthouse is by far one of the most important monuments in America and the fourth oldest lighthouse in operation.
We give Giorgina Reid the yellow shade of our collection that reminds us of light, since she will forever be the keeper of light and the woman who overthrew the catastrophe, following her wonderful mind. Giorgina reminds us to insist on our knowledge, cultivate it, and apply it for good. It inspires us not to underestimate our strengths and our thoughts and to stand up to people and institutions that are seemingly stronger and bigger than us. Finally, it reminds us to keep the light alive, no matter what happens, and to have hope for what is coming, valuing our potential. In her words “I have an idea! It's worth listening to! "
Dian Fossey Green
Courage and Devotion
"When you realize the value of a lifetime, you dwell less in the past and focus more on preserving the future. We must follow our hearts. "
Dian Fossey was born in San Francisco, California in 1932 and has been extremely interested in animals since she was very young. At the age of 6, he started riding lessons and in high school won a letter to the riding team. When Dian enrolled in college at Marin Junior College, she chose to focus on business, but during the summer break following her first year in college, she went to work on a ranch in Montana. On the ranch, she developed an attachment to animals. This experience persuaded Diane to follow her heart and return to school as a pre-veterinary student at the University of California, where she eventually turned her attention to a degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State College, from which she graduated in 1954. She spent many years longing to visit Africa and realized that if her dream did not come true, she would have to take matters into her own hands. It took all of Dian Fossey's savings, as well as a bank loan, to make her dream come true. In September 1963 he arrived in Kenya. Her voyage included visits to Kenya, Tanzania (then Tanganyika), Congo (then Zaire), and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). During her visit, Dian learned about Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees in Tanzania and the importance of long-term field studies with large apes by Dr. Louis Leakey. After a while, Leakey talked to Dian about directing a long-term field study for gorillas in Africa and decided to go with him. In December 1966, Dian was on her way back to Africa. The study of mountain gorillas would become her only focus, living in the Kabara rainforest, eventually discovering three groups of gorillas in her study area along the slopes of Mount Mikeno. Initially, the gorillas left in the vegetation as soon as Dian approached. Observing them openly and from a distance, in time gained their acceptance. Much of Dian Fossey's success in studying mountain gorillas came from the help of people she met along the way. On September 24, 1967, Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center. In 1968 the National Geographic Society sent photographer Bob Campbell to photograph her work. At first, Dian saw his presence as an invasion, but eventually, they became close friends. Fossey's photos among the mountain gorillas immediately launched her into fame, forever changing the image of gorillas from dangerous beasts to gentle creatures and drawing attention to their plight. In 1980, Dian moved to Ithaca, New York, as a visiting associate professor at Cornell University. She used the time away from Karisoke to focus on the manuscript for her book, Gorillas in the Mist. The book, published in 1983, is an account of her time in the rainforest with mountain gorillas. Most importantly, it emphasizes the need for coordinated conservation efforts. The book was well received and, like the film of the same name, remains popular to this day. When Dian returned to Rwanda, a few weeks before her 54th birthday, she was murdered. Theories about Dian Fossey's murder vary but have never been fully resolved. She rested in the cemetery behind her cabin in Karisoke, among her gorilla friends.
We give Dian Fossey the green shade of our collection that reminds us of nature and the rainforest in which she spent most of her life studying the mountain gorillas but also the hope this hue gives us for the future. Dian inspires us both with her dedication to the study of wildlife and the noble giants of Africa, but also for the compassion she showed to them and the initiatives she took to ensure their protection. It also shows us how important it is to persevere and follow our hearts, despite the difficulties or sacrifices we will have to make along the way. In her words "I will do it because I have to, even if it is difficult!).
Tove Jansson Turquoise
Passion and Honesty
"Only passion, hope, and joy can be honest. Nothing I have been forced to do has ever brought me or those around me joy."
Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki on August 9, 1914, to a family of artists. Her father, Victor Jansson, was a sculptor, and her mother, Signe ‘Ham’ Hammarsten-Jansson, was a graphic designer and printer. Janson also had two brothers, who were also famous artists. The first, Per Olof Johnson, was a photographer and the second, Lars Jansson, was a writer and animator. The siblings grow up with a strong belief that working as a professional artist is the obvious way to get through each day and the meaning of being. Although the family home was located in Helsinki, they spent much of their summer vacation on an island near Porvoo, fifty kilometers east of Helsinki. Jansson studied at the University College of Art, Graphic Design and Drawing in Stockholm from 1930 to 1933, at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1937, and finally at the Adrian Holly School and the Paris School of Fine Arts in 1938. She presented some of her work in various exhibitions in the 1930s and early 1940s and her first solo exhibition was in 1943. Her first story, The Moomins, and the Great Flood begins in the farthest corner of a forest. It tells the story of Moomintroll and his mother, who is looking for their missing father. This story is the starting point for a new world of fillyjonks, hemulens, and toffles and why Tove is becoming so successful. After many adventures and personal quests, Tove Jansson finds her way to the defining love of her life, Tuulikki Pieitilä (known to all as Tooti), a calm, resourceful graphic designer and art teacher who will become her lifelong companion and her most trusted critic. In the 1960s, they built a house on a tiny uninhabited island in the Gulf of Finland, 100 km from Helsinki, where they spent the summer months together. Although neither of them has children, they will maintain the strongest bond with all generations of their families. They share a daily life, enriched with the work they love. Throughout her life, Tove Jansson belongs to various families and builds her own families through her art.
We give Tove Jansson the turquoise hue of our collection that reminds us of Scandinavia and the sincerity that distinguished her throughout her life. It inspires us to be creative, open-minded, passionate about life, and independent of any restrictive contract that wants to prevent us from being ourselves. Tove (pronounced Tu-be) reminds us that only through honesty and courage can there be real freedom. In her words "I will not do anything that does not fill my heart with flames of impatience!".
Annette Kellerman Blue
Imagination and Perseverance
"My early physical misfortune turned out to be the greatest blessing that could come to me. Without it, I would have lost the gloomy race upwards and the reward that awaited me at the end of it all."
Anette Kellerman was born on July 5 in Sydney, the daughter of Frederick Kellerman, a violinist, and the wife of Alice Ellen Charbonett, a French pianist and music teacher. Anette became disabled with rickets at the age of two. She had to wear heavy braces until the age of seven. To strengthen her legs, Annette started swimming at Cavill's Baths in Lavender Bay. Her legs responded and were going to become one of her greatest physical qualities. At the age of 16, Annette was the world record holder in the women's 100 meters. In mid-adolescence, the family moved to Melbourne. Kellerman did swimming and diving exhibitions in Melbourne's baths, posed as a mermaid in a nightclub, and did two shows a day swimming with fish in a glass tank at the Exhibition Aquarium.
In 1902 Annette and her father went to England. Annette holds the world record for all women's swimming. He shocked London by swimming 42 kilometers in Thames in five hours. He went to France and on September 10, 1902, ran against 17 men in the Seine, finishing third. Annette was the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. He tried 3 times but did not succeed, saying that "... I had the endurance but not the brute strength".
Kellerman was impressive. In an age of restrictive corsets and long heavy dresses, Annette paraded in a one-piece swimsuit made by sewing black socks on a boy's swimsuit. Her legs above the knee were visible. Because of this, Annette was arrested on a Boston beach. He was accused of public disrespect. The audience rushed to support her. The newspapers dealt with her purpose which meant death for Victorian attitudes towards women's swimwear.
After retiring from long-distance swimming, Kellerman toured theaters across Europe and the United States starring in a spectacular water show such as The Australian Mermaid and Diving Venus. Annette pioneered the water ballet, now called synchronized swimming. A Harvard academic has published a study examining 1,000 different female body dimensions. He named Annette Kellerman the closest of all living women to physical perfection. Since then, Annette has marketed herself as the perfect woman.
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood called. Kellerman's first film was The Daughter of Poseidon (1914), followed by Aphrodite of the South Seas (1914), The Daughter of the Gods (1916), and The Art of Diving (1920). Annette did her own stunts, including diving 18 meters into a pool full of crocodiles.
Annette was a strong supporter of swimming for physical health, fitness, and beauty. In 1918 he wrote a best seller entitled Physical Beauty and How to Keep It. He traveled extensively in America and Germany giving lectures on health and fitness. Annette also ran a health food store in Long Beach California for many years. He was full of energy and a lifelong vegetarian. In 1974 Annette was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Florida USA. Annette Kellerman's amazing life ended in 1974 in Southport. He was 89 years old.
Annette Kellerman was the figure who made women's swimming popular and socially accepted. Annette considered her emancipation of women from the restrictive uniform from the neck to the knee to be one of her greatest achievements.
We give Annette Kellerman the blue hue of our collection since the blue of the sea and the ocean was the element that gave her meaning throughout her life. It reminds us to fight for what we believe in, not to be afraid in the face of adversity, and let our imagination run wild - since there is no limit to what we can reach with perseverance and hard work. Persistent, strong, special, it constantly inspires us to go one step further, no matter how many sacrifices it takes. In her words, "Many told me I could not do it, but my faith in what I knew I could do was greater.
Loïe Fuller Purple
Creativity and Innovation
"I wanted to create a new art form, an art completely irrelevant to ordinary theories, an art that gives the soul and the senses, at the same time, absolute enjoyment, where reality and dream, light and sound, movement and rhythm form a fascinating unity "
Loie Fuller was born on January 15, 1862, in Fullersburg and died on January 1, 1928, in Paris. ‘She was the American dancer who won international recognition for her dance performance and innovations in theatrical lighting, as well as for the invention of the impressive "Serpentine Dance ".
Fuller debuted on stage in Chicago at the age of four and for the next quarter of a century she toured the theater, burlesque performances, gave Shakespearean readings and appeared in theatrical auditions in Chicago and New York.
A popular, if not confirmed, explanation of the origins of Fuller's innovative dances claims that while rehearsing for a production, she was inspired by the inflatable aspects of transparent Chinese silk. She began experimenting with different silk lengths and different color lighting and gradually developed the "Serpentine Dance", which she first performed in New York in February 1892. She traveled to Europe and in October staged the "Dance of Fire" at Folies Bergère in which she danced on a glass illuminated from below. She quickly became the epitome of avant-garde Paris. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin and Jules Chéret used it as a theme, several authors dedicated works to her and the bold women of the society sought her out. She then lived and worked mainly in Europe. She later experimented in stage lighting, a field in which her influence was deeper and more enduring than in choreography, and involved the use of phosphorescent materials and silhouette techniques.
In 1908 Fuller published her memoirs "Quinze ans de ma vie", to which the author and critic Anatole France contributed the introduction. It was published in English translation in 1913. After World War I, she rarely danced, but from her school in Paris she sent dance tours to all parts of Europe. In 1926 she visited the United States for the last time, accompanied by her friend Queen Maria of Romania. Fuller's last appearance on stage was her "Shadow Ballet" in London in 1927.
Fuller broke the mold of traditional choreography and paved the way for the development of modern dance. She helped launch other pioneers, including Isadora Duncan. As a "magician of light", she contributed significantly to stage lighting and to a lesser extent to cinematic techniques. She became the personification of Art Nouveau, the inspiration for artists who, by idealizing her, portrayed her more often than any other woman of her time. She in turn promoted the work of her artist friends and was responsible for founding two art museums. She was an inspiration for poets as well as artists and functioned as a symbol of the symbolic movement.
We give Loïe Fuller the purple hue of our collection as it fills us with creativity and makes us dream, elements that characterized her life and work. Loïe inspires us to believe deeply and passionately in the power of our minds to create and produce ideas that illuminate and define our lives. As her magic dance moved and inspired many people, this color makes us feel alive, with mood and intensity for life and soulful moments. Ethereal, special, creative and full of intelligence reminds us that we define our life and color it with what makes our heart beat loudly. In her words, "I wanted to give people the magic of an emotion!".
Lili Elbe Mauve
Determination and Dynamism
"I want to leave behind what is not 100% me"
Lili Elbe was born on December 28, 1882, in Vejle, Denmark, and died on September 13, 1931, in Dresden, Germany. She was a Danish painter who was assigned the male sex at birth and experienced what is now called gender dysphoria and underwent the world's first documented sex reassignment surgery.
Born Einar Wegener, Elbe lived most of her life as a man. Beginning in the early 1920s, she studied art at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and met Gerda Gottlieb there. The two fell in love and married around 1905. According to the book she wrote, although credited to her boyfriend Ernst Ludwig Hathorn Jacobson under the pseudonym Niels Hoyer, for her transition to a trans woman, Elbe realized her true gender identity when Gerda who was a successful fashion painter and illustrator, as well as a lesbian erotic illustrator, asked her then-husband to wear women's clothing and be her model. Elbe remained her model afterward. The couple eventually moved to Paris, where she felt free to appear in public, sometimes as Einar Wegener and sometimes as Lili Elbe. In 1924 her work, which included landscapes, interior scenes, still lifes, and portraits, was presented in Paris at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. When Elbe started the transition, she and Gerda annulled their marriage.
The first of five highly experimental surgeries performed on Elbe took place in 1930. Prior to the surgery, performed by German gynecologist Kurt Warnekros, it was examined by German physician and sexual theorist Magnus Hirschfeld. The series of surgeries removed her testicles and penis and then transplanted her ovaries and a uterus. She died of complications shortly after her fifth operation in 1931. Before undergoing her first operation, her doctors determined (probably from Hirschfeld) that Elbe had more female than male hormones and probably had what is now known as Klinefelter syndrome. a disorder of the sex chromosomes that occurs in men. The story of her transition was published shortly after her death (with pseudonyms that apply to all the people named in the book) and has since been repeated in The Danish Girl (2000), a novel by David Ebershoff and an important film of the same name ( 2015) starring Eddie Redmayne.
We give Lili Elbe the mauve shade of our collection, as it reminds us of her determination to change what was holding her back and limiting her heart, even if that was the body she was born with. She inspires us to listen to our inner selves and what our heart really wants, she reminds us to leave the limitations behind, to let our body and mind be what really gives us meaning and fills our soul. Dynamic and full of faith, she broke all the rules of her time and we admire her for that. In her words, "I had to find my true self, I never stopped looking for him!".
Agnodice of Athens Pink
Knowledge and Courage
"What everyone says I can not be and I can do, this is exactly what I will become"
According to the Latin scholar Hyginus (first century AD), Agnodice was an Athenian young woman who disguised herself as a man to learn obstetrics. He wanted to become a doctor, but the law forbade women and slaves to practice medicine. Without fear of the law, Agnodice decided to disguise herself as a man, cutting her hair and dressed in clothes usually worn by men. Agnodice’s studies with a doctor named Herophilos went well, and she soon saw her own patients, while remaining in disguise. In one case, Agnodice visited a woman who was giving birth. The woman did not trust the male doctors, but Agnodice was revealed (literally) to the patient, and, satisfied that Agnodice was a woman, a bond of trust was established between them and he was able to help her effectively in the birth. The news spread to the Athenians that Agnodice was in fact a disguised woman and soon proved to be more popular among female patients than other male doctors. This was probably because women felt more comfortable discussing their health, especially their reproductive health, with another woman.
Apparently, her skill and popularity sparked the jealousy of male doctors, who accused her of corruption and took her to court. Because he was the only person allowed by the Athenians to treat them, the doctors rushed to accuse Agnodice of unprofessional behavior, implying that the women were not really sick, but had an affair with Agnodice. At the trial, Agnodice simply stripped down to prove that she was a woman and that she was incapable of giving women illegitimate children, which was a huge concern for the men of the time. In the ancient world, women's bodies were policed to ensure that they were not given the opportunity to engage in pre-or extramarital affairs that would jeopardize the legal family line. Despite Agnodice being revealed (again literally) as a woman, the doctors continued to be outraged, but the women of Athens stormed the court and defended her, and with the support of the city's top women, she was released of the charges. A law was then passed that allowed free women to practice medicine. Hyginus is the only source for the history of Agnodice, but regardless of whether she was a real historical figure, her story inspired midwives from the late seventeenth century onwards, who saw in her a justification for practicing female doctors. and midwives with roots in antiquity.
We give Agnodice of ancient Athens the pink shade of our collection, as it reminds us of the power and temperament of female curiosity to overcome the barriers imposed on it. She inspires us not to listen to the voices that tell us that we can not achieve something simply because we are women and reminds us that knowledge is power. She shows us that daring to follow your instinct is important since it almost always leads to the right thing. Persistent, curious, and brave, she did not let the skeptics of her day change the path she had decided to follow. In her words "What everyone says I can not be and I can’t do, this is exactly what I will become".