"Little But Fierce" was one of the first designs I made for Ectogasm. While most of my early designs have been retired, this one remains because of the resonance it has with women. And also because I love it!
The quote is probably one you’ve heard before. It comes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“O, when she's angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school;
And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
I’m 5’2” so naturally this quote resonated with me. As a small person, I often run into people who assume I am a bit helpless. Like many women, every man I come into contact with is physically larger than me. It is obvious to see how women have been marginalized simply based on the fact that we are historically the smaller sex. But that does not make us the “weaker sex”.
Though we may be small in stature, we are “Keen and Shrewd”. Every woman must know this so she can have faith in her capabilities. A “Little but Fierce” woman goes through life with fierce passion.
When I see this pin, I think of the small but strong women in my life, especially my mother, who bore me into this world with only an aspirin for comfort, then endured my most tumultous years with endless patience and grace.
Who comes to mind when you hear, “Little but fierce”? Share in the comments below!
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