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4 Lessons Frida Kahlo Can Teach You About Feminism

4 Lessons Frida Kahlo Can Teach You About Feminism

While many individuals think of game-changing women like Susan B. Anthony and Gloria Steinem when they think about famous feminists, fewer people recognize powerful women like Marilyn Monroe and Frida Kahlo, despite the many lessons we have learned from them.

Today, on what would have been Frida Kahlo's 109th birthday, we reflect on how her legendary expression and revolutionary artwork made her, like Anthony, Steinem, Monroe, and many others, a feminist. Here are four lessons she taught us:

1. Recognize your importance
"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you."

2. Follow your passions
"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration."

3. Don't conform
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you."

4. The sky is the limit
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"

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