This year we asked the Summer Soirée Steering Committe “what historical figure would you nominate for a W Award?” as part of a special committee contest. Vote for your favorite submission by following the link to “like” it on facebook. The committee member who receives the most likes on their submission will be awarded a prize at this years Soirée!
I would like to nominate Queen Elizabeth I for the W Award. She personifies empowerment.
The first Queen Elizabeth, whose name has become synonymous with the era she dominated, was the first English ruler who recognized that a monarch rules by popular consent. Her era saw the advancement of England as a military might, restored the Anglican faith, the flourishing of literature led by playwrights Shakespeare and Marlowe, and the seafaring prowess of English adventurers such as Drake and Raleigh. She ruled her country effectively through council for 45 years in a time when women were still considered inferior to men. And Elizabeth did this all without a husband, marriage negotiations constituting a key element of her foreign policy! Elizabeth insisted that she was married to her kingdom and subjects, and spoke of “all my husbands, my good people,” and asserted her independence until the end of her life. Elizabeth was a charismatic performer and a dogged survivor, and her unification of England in spite of plots and conspiracies rightly attaches the label “England’s greatest monarch” to this queen.
See more committee members nominations, then vote for your favorite submission. To vote, visit the YW’s Facebook page and like your favorite submission in the “Summer Soirée Committee Contest” album!