Women Wednesday #20
Posted on 15 March 2017
(Andy Wells / Yahoo)
Retired factory worker Ursula Shepherd, who has learning difficulties, left education at the age of 15 unable to read or write. She was branded a dunce at school and hid her illiteracy for her entire life has finally started to learn how to read – at the grand old age of 87, proving it’s never too late to learn! Eventually, she hopes to read love stories, take out a library book and understand the instructions that come with her knitting patterns. Once Ursula has mastered the basics of reading she even plans to learn how to write for the first time in her life. She added, “I hope I can inspire other people to learn to read. People say they’re too embarrassed but I would love to help them. What a beautiful story, truly inspiring to everyone out there who feels like they need to hide their weaknesses instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and learning! You’re never too old to improve yourselves. And look how happy she is!
(Ahmen Khawaja / BBC)
This amazing young girl has started her own fashion line for people with Downs Syndrome. Before she was an internationally recognised designer, Isabella Springmuhl says she was rejected by two fashion schools in her native Guatemala because she has Down's syndrome. Having Down’s Syndrome often means a different body constitution; shorter, wider, or very thin. Her mother always had to fix the clothes she bought for her and so she took matters into her own hands and created her own line. Isabella's colourful signature designs, consisting of one-of-a-kind Guatemalan vintage textiles combined with colourful floral embroidery, have increased the popularity of the young designer who has already been invited to fashion events being held in Panama and Miami next year. She’s already been to London fashion week! Such an incredible young woman, taking matters into her own hands to provide clothes for those so often overlooked. A woman like this is so inspiring to all at Neon Moon who strive for inclusivity, no matter who you are.
Saalumarada Thimakka is a 105-year-old woman doing incredible work in her remote village in South India, healing herself and the planet. Stigmatised for her infertility, she and her late husband began planting banyan trees to help cope with her loss. She’s now mother to almost 400 banyan trees, bringing life to the village even if she herself cannot bring children there. Her work hasn’t been overlooked either, earning her many awards and an environmental institution in the US has even been named after her. She may live an ordinary life but Thimakka is no ordinary woman. Her family may not be from her womb but she loves and cares for them all the same. Such a nurturing instinct is an inspiration for all, parents or not. We’re in love with her caring nature and wish her, and her tree children, a long and fruitful life. Have a positive week,Love Neon Moon x