I nominate Ana Eleanor Roosevelt as my 9th woman of substance for her inspiring life and determination in helping the impoverished and the marginalized sectors of society. Born in 1884, in the state of New York, in to a  wealthy and aristocratic family that produced two presidents, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. She was niece to the first, cousin and wife to the second.

Standing at 5'11 inches tall she was a striking and imposing personality. Though she was a society lady by birth - Eleanor was not interested in leading the life of a debutante. She became active in the social reform movement  of the Progressive Era where she became a passionate defender of the poor.

When her husband was elected to the senate  she  attended legislative sessions and developed what many describe as  her "political sagacity" which she parlayed in to an unofficial career in reform politics.

She was the voice of the Women's City Club of New York. Her duties for the organization included  writing, lecturing and working in national broadcast radio- informing women on political issues that concerned them. This experience lead her to become involved with the League of Women Voters, promoting the ideals and platform of the Democratic Party.

As a member of the World Peace Movement she helped to organize and chair a committee that motivated people, through an open competition, to conceive the best plan for a lasting world peace.

As First Lady she served the country for 12 years, presiding at the White House during the Great Depression and during World War II.  Because polio had left Franklin with limited physical capacities she took on the role of unofficial Administration  representative, at times, speaking on policy related issues. She continued her work as a writer , public speaker and media personality gathering public support for efforts she believed in.  In terms of her life experiences  and deeds as First Lady , Eleanor Roosevelt was unprecedented  and an example for those who would assume that role  by forging a new image of what being a First Lady could mean.

I nominate as my 8th Woman of Substance Georgia O'Keeffe for having the courage to stay true to her own artistic vision independent of the dominant trends of early 20th century art.

Many of us turn our backs on the one thing we know for sure that we will all die at one point or another. However, as we age the subject becomes unavoidable. Some people become depressed others seek greater meaning in their lives.

My 6th Woman of Substance was the daughter of the Maharajá of Cooch Behar, a wondrous place located at the foot of the Himalayas, at a time in India when being a Maharaja's daughter meant something. As such, she was raised in a sumptuous palace staffed with 500 servants. Yes, you read that correctly. Five hundred people tended to her family's needs.

I nominate Audrey Hepburn as my 4th woman of substance, not  for her exquisite taste and impeccable style - but for her humanitarian work with The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). She was an actress of great fame. But in her later years she dedicated herself to being a good will ambassador  with the desire to make a difference for children trapped in war torn parts of the world.

I nominate Marella Agnelli as my 3rd Woman of Substance. she was born a Neapolitan  princess. Became the wife of the famous and wealthy Fiat Chairman, Gianni Agnelli. Renown beauty, socialite, style icon and buddy of author Truman Capote. So far this resume does not scream substance. However, there is her design legacy to consider and the strength and dignity with which she has lived a life worthy of a soap opera heroine. it is said that it is not what happens to you in life that matters but what you do with what happens to you. 

I nominate Susan Sontag, american writer, film maker, teacher and political activist as my  2nd woman of substance  for her passion for writing and her curious and ardent mind that kept her in a constant state of discovery and learning. She had a broad range of interests: music, art, architecture, medicine...the list goes on. 

I believe people need inspiring figures in particular women because while attending to the many demands of our lives we sometimes loose our paths and identities.  

So a I think it a worthwhile pursuit to identify for womankind women of substance. #WomenofSubstance

I nominate Katharine Hepburn as # 1 in my list of women of substance. Hepburn, actress of film , stage and television, had one of the longest running acting careers. She had a natural beauty and a classic style that was unaffected by hollywood glamour. She never pandered to the expectations of others about who she should be.  Remaining true to herself to her last day. 

Sonia Cruz de Baltodano