ICON SPOTLIGHT: DR. MAYA ANGELOU

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St Louis, Missouri, she was rendered mute for seven years after being sexually assaulted as a child by her mother's boyfriend, devoting herself to reading and falling in love with literature after it gave her the courage to rediscover her voice and overcome the trauma.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: MARGARET ATWOOD

Her father had grown up poor, in rural Nova Scotia. Her mother, whose family was also from Nova Scotia, grew up in slightly better circumstances: Atwood’s maternal grandfather was a country doctor, and an aunt had been the first woman to get a master’s degree in history from the University of Toronto. Atwood has long been Canada’s most famous writer, author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Alias Grace. Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the Long Pen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorker.com

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: CLARE MCCARDELL

Claire McCardell is one of the most famous names of the American Fashion; she focused on a practical and elegant fashion, that she produced for a wide public. And she has been the first woman to create her own brand. She is credited with the creation of American sportswear.

SOURCE: http://www.vogue.it