Most people recognize Selena Gomez from her Disney debut on Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007, or her subsequent music career. Although she rose to the spotlight during recent years, Gomez has actually been working since age seven. A decade later she became a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ambassador. Think about that – working from the age that most of us are learning to read fluently, and becoming a role model at seventeen, when many haven’t even graduated high school. Suffice to say she’s never had a typical life, and that kind of fame opens you up to immense scrutiny.
Just three short days ago Selena Gomez announced in an interview with Billboard Magazine that she was diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which she will have for the rest of her life. When she was diagnosed in December 2013, Gomez cancelled the later segments of her Stars Dance Tour and checked herself into a treatment center in Arizona. The Meadows center specializes in treating addiction and trauma. However, Gomez emphasized to her fans that it was her choice and that she needed time for herself.
March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.
In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!
If you’re at all interested in Ancient Egypt and archaeology, you may have heard about the discovery of a tomb in Abu Sir, belonging to Khentakawess III. There isn’t a lot of information about her as of yet, but inscriptions from her tomb and other artifacts found at the site indicate that she was possibly Pharaoh Neferefre’s (of the Fifth Dynasty) wife and queen.
Archaeology has fascinated me since I was a child, and my interest in ancient civilizations has only grown since then. Learning about female rulers and their rightful place in history has, personally, become an increasingly important subject as well, since women and women’s roles have historically been marginalized, trivialized or almost struck entirely from the historical record for their accomplishments. Thus, this week’s Gal-lery is going to stray from its usual theme of artists and designers so that I may present to you Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female pharaoh.