Sharing Herstories

"For most of history, anonymous was a woman." -Virginia Woolf I'm thrilled to see signs of spring but saddened to see the end of U.S. Women's History Month. I learned a lot this month and hate to see all the women's stories lose visibility afforded us during March. What did I learn? The bad news. My 19 years+ of formal education failed me miserably when it comes to learning about extraordinary American women. Heck, I minored in history in undergraduate school! Yet it seems that textbooks (at least the ones I was assigned to read) included little about how women have struggled and triumphed, shaping events and soaring throughout time in the U.S. The good news. I feel enriched and emboldened after focusing on the "herstory" that makes America. And, my head and heart tells me that learning and sharing women's stories is vital to our nation. herstory Definition of HERSTORY: herstory; specifically :  history considered or presented from a feminist viewpoint or with special attention to the experience of women Meanwhile, a snarky contributor to the Urban Dictionary offers this: "Naturally, any person who is even a tad more than illiterate will realize that the word … [Read more...]

U.S. Ranks #1 in Gender Equality

Imagine waking up tomorrow to the fact that the U.S. ranks #1: the world leader in gender equality. Okay, its not true, the U.S. doesn't rank #1 in gender equality. But what if it did... What does your daily life look like? What’s different about how you and other American women live? How is your family doing? What does gender equality mean for your home, your neighborhood, your community, your state, and the nation? How much impact does U.S. gender equality have on the income you earn over your working lifespan? What policies guide your business, your company and the country? Because the U.S. ranks #1 in gender equality, other nations are trying to catch up by…? Women’s Herstory Month: Hard Data Helps I’m going out on a sturdy limb today and say that there’s not one leadership guru who advocates focusing exclusively on what’s wrong, what needs fixing. We know this intuitively. We feel it in our bodies. We may even breathe differently when we focus on what’s wrong instead of what may go superbly right. When we paint a clear picture of what success looks—our positive vision—we actually think, speak, and act differently. Vision ignites passion that … [Read more...]

U.S. Women’s Equality Day

I do not wish [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.” -Mary Wollstonecraft *How many years did it take for women to win the right to vote in the United States? (a) 72 years; (b) 120 years; (c) 20 years; (d) 51 years. What is Women’s Equality Day? At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities. Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been … [Read more...]

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