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Thursday, April 19, 2012

HAWMC Day 19, 5 Dinner Guests

Today's challenge topic is, 5 Dinner Guests; Who are 5 people you’d love to have dinner with (living or deceased) and why?

This topic was difficult for me. Not because I couldn't think of anyone that I would want to have dinner with, but I had a hard time narrowing it down to five. There have been so many influential people throughout history it is hard not to want to meet them all. Who wouldn't want to hear some of Ernest Hemingway's stories, be enlightened by Buddha, or see if they could keep up with Albert Einstein?

For my list I decided to stick with the women, a former First Lady, an English novelist, a British actress, a French fashion designer and the Godmother of the environmental movement. How is that for a dinner party! Here are my five dinner guests.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945. Roosevelt became an advocate for civil rights where she worked to enhance the status of working women. She also supported the formation of the United Nations and went on to become a delegate to the UN General Assembly. During her time at the UN she chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Jane Austen (1775-1817). Jane Austen was an English novelist. Best known for Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma among others. Her biting social commentary and realism has sparked a following known as Janeites, who are devotees and fans of Jane Austen's works. 

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). Audrey Hepburn was a British actress who later became a humanitarian. She is remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. She remains one of the few entertainers who have won an Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award. She devoted much of her later life to UNICEF and in 1992 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. 

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as Coco Chanel (1883-1971). Coco Chanel was a french fashion designer and founder of the famous brand Chanel. She made a lasting impression on women's fashion in the twentieth century mastering designs that were both simple and practical,yet stylish. Her designs allowed women to leave the corsets behind. Without her, the little black dress as we know it wouldn't exist. 

Rachel Carson (1907-1964). Rachel Carson is the Godmother of the environmental movement. She is best known for writing Silent Spring (1962). Silent Spring brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. It spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

After writing my list I realize that all but one (Jane Austen) were alive during the same time period. I wonder if they every met, would they have socialized in the same circles? How would they have gotten along and what would they have talked about?

Sorry my post is so late today, my dinner party with these amazing ladies went longer than expected! :)

Who would be your five dinner guests and why?

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