Doodle-Worthy Women of September

In September 2012, Google Doodles honored three women, though only one of these was shown in the U.S. — that would be Clara Schumann, who was honored with a Doodle posted on September 13th and displayed globally. The other September Doodles honored opera star Solomiya Krushelnytska (posted on September 23rd, in Ukraine) and singer/composer Chabuca Granda (posted on September 3rd, in Peru).

Continuing our monthly tradition here at Speaking Up, here are three more Doodle-Worthy Women born in the month of September:

Lili’uokalani, born September 2, 1838, and also known as Lydia, was the first queen to reign over the Kingdom of Hawai’i but also the last monarch of that kingdom. Lili’uokalani was also an author and songwriter, and played many instruments. She was deposed when business and governmental powers from the United States invaded and set up their own government in Hawaii. Lili’uokalani spent much of the rest of her life protesting this illegal maneuver and advocating for Hawaiian sovereignty and culture.

Portrait of Queen Lili’uokalani.

Zelia Nuttall, born September 6, 1857, was an archaeologist, linguist, and anthropologist whose work focused on the ancient civilizations in the region that is now Mexico. She was widely traveled, spending time in Europe and Asia in addition to Central America, eventually settling in Mexico permanently. Nuttall served as the Peabody Museum’s Mexican archaeologist for forty-seven years; her work was wide-ranging, from her studies of Aztec pottery to her tracings and transcriptions of ancient manuscripts to her studies of pre-Columbian relics.

Zelia Nuttall.

Anna Mary “Grandma” Moses, born September 7, 1860, was a well-known American folk artist of the mid-twentieth century. She’s particularly known for her late start in an artistic career, which earned her the nickname “Grandma Moses.” Moses only began painting on canvas in her 70s, though she lived until she was 101 years old and thus enjoyed a long period of success. She was an extraordinarily prolific painter, creating more than 1500 canvas paintings in this time. In the 1940s, she had her first exhibitions as a solo artist in New York City. Soon, her work was shown all over the world and broke attendance records.

Grandma Moses, photographed in 1953.


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