"I make art to show how we are ever growing, changing, evolving and transforming. It is a message of optimism and hope. " - Dee Perconti
Don’t be a lady. Be a Legend. To me, this is a statement of female empowerment.
This is not about my ego or self-aggrandizement. This is about self-actualization and going after your dreams with abandonment.
I found this wonderful sign in Texas while at a National Racquetball tournament. The women players were strong, determined warriors on the court. They were not submissive or deferential. They are legends in the sport.
I was raised to be nice, a good girl and to be modest. I like to think I have some of that, but I am also opinionated and driven.
I can name several female legends: Stephanie Freed, founder, and CEO of Rapha International, who for 19 years has been on the battlefield fighting to save and heal thousands of female child victims of trafficking. In 2003, Rapha International began an aftercare program for underage female survivors who had been rescued from slavery and sexual exploitation in Battambang, Cambodia. Now Rapha is an international organization that has won the favor of the governments in the countries in which it works.
Lariana Forsythe, CEO of CASA. CASA is the official provider of domestic violence support in our area. Lariana is an experienced executive with more than two decades in the nonprofit sector. She was named Business Woman of the Year in 2018 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and currently serves as a board member for the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board and Generations for the Arts. At the moment, Lariana is working on opening a Family Justice Center in St Petersburg, FL in October.
And there are so many others that we all know.
Thank you to Natalie Velez, founder of Bella Unica Art Gallery, for taking this photo. Her photography and social media skills are legendary among many other talents.