Loïe Fuller is often remembered as a dancer, but that hardly covers her contributions to the arts. Sure, she was a dancer, but also an actress, a chemist, an artist, and a pioneer in stage lighting and choreography. She was inquisitive and energetic, full of creativity and drive. She was the belle of Paris and the Art Nouveau movement, and she was an art agent of sorts who matched up her artist friends with her art buying ones…but she is best referred to as La Loïe, THE Loïe, one of a kind.
Are you having an “oh! Her?” moment looking at this? by Jules Cheret, wikicommons
Mary circa 1871, with medals she didn’t earn, but it wasn’t illegal for her to wear and they really do spiff up her outfit, don’t they?
In honor of International Nurses Day on May 12, we decided to revisit the life of Mary Seacole. Sure, Florence Nightingale would have been a more obvious choice, but, well, she was too obvious. Mary was a contemporary of Florence, they even had an encounter during their lives, but Mary aided soldiers during the Crimean War a bit differently than Florence did and headed right down to the front lines to help make people comfortable (and sell some food.) Mary was beloved, brave, smart, ambitious, and enchanted most everyone she met.
Time Travel with The History Chicks
For the links of things we talked about in this episode, visit Mary’s original shownotes here: Mary Seacole
For information about the Local’s Meet-up dinner in London on August 7th, and to see if there are any spots for the tour, visit LIKE MINDS TOURS.
Women in Medicine Playlist
In order of Nurseyness:
Florence Nightingale, Episode 137
Clara Barton, Episode 111
Lydia Pinkham, Episode 126
Marie Curie, Episode 158
And then some turn-your-head-sideways-and-squint women of medicine:
Louisa May Alcott, Episode 142
Mary Mallon, Episode 149 (thanks to Sean A. in the Lounge for pointing this out)