Writing Women Back Into History
Through the hard work and lobbying of the National Women’s History Project, March has become National Women’s History Month. This year, the national theme is “Writing Women Back Into History.”
So, rather than go on an arguably valid rant about gender differences in textbooks and the news (for example, the fact that there was very little press coverage of Kelly Kulick‘s recently becoming the first woman to win the PBA) I would like to hear about what women you would write into your history.
So, women and men, if you were writing a textbook of your lives, who are the women you would write into it?
I would write my Grandma Jean, who was progressive for her time. Rather than playing the typical role of her day as a pianist (she was a pastor’s wife), she went to college and got a job as a school teacher. Grandma Jean died of breast cancer in 2001.
I would write in my mother, who sacrificed much- including her dream of pursuing a graduate degree in psychology and becoming a counselor- to raise us children. My mom courageously beat breast cancer in 2008.
I would write friends such as Sandy and HaYoung, who have invested in my life. They have modeled the strength that comes with honesty an vulnerability, and they have stood with me through both happy and hellish times.