Category women’s history month

A LESSER-KNOWN (BUT REALLY IMPORTANT) LEADER IN AMERICA’S SUFFRAGE SAGA

A LESSER-KNOWN (BUT REALLY IMPORTANT) LEADER IN AMERICA’S SUFFRAGE SAGA

This December, my sister and I rented a historic house in my hometown for a small family reunion dinner.  The place was the Harriet Taylor Upton House (www.uptonhouse.org/), in Warren, Ohio.  After extensive restoration, the Upton House achieved National Historic Landmark status in 1993. I had driven past this home so many times in my youth without realizing the importance that this house, and its owner, had on the movement to grant American women the right to vote nearly one hundred years ago, in 1920.  Here is a bit of what I learned:

Harriet Taylor Upton (December 17, 1853 – November 2, 1945) is best remembered as a leading Ohio state and national figure in the struggle for women’s right to vote and as the firs...

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FASCINATING FACTS FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

FASCINATING FACTS FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration highlighting the contributions of women to our history, culture and technology.  It’s celebrated during March in the United States, because International Women’s Day had been honored each March 8 since 1911…..and there was simply too much inspiration and achievement to limit it to one day.  So, to kick off this year’s celebration, I’d like to share some really interesting faces and facts I’ve found in my research about women’s history and the women behind these achievements. See below!

SPORTS.  No women or girls were allowed at the first Olympics, but the Games of Hera, featuring footraces for women, were held every four years...

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

Did you watch the Winter Olympics this year?  I did! The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, which ended after 16 thrilling, chilling days of competition on February 25th, saw some wonderful moments in the history of women’s sports.  While Team USA, which had the fourth highest medal count with 23 in total, saw spectacular performances from all of its 241 athletes, it was the female competitors, like 33-year-old Lindsay Vonn (who became the oldest female Olympic Alpine Skiing medalist with a downhill bronze) and 25-year-old Erin Jackson (who became the first African-American woman to compete on the U.S. Olympic long track speed skating team only four months after taking up the sport) who shone the brightest...

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CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Although women have made great contributions to society, science, government and the arts since the dawn of time, it was not until the establishment of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, now celebrated each March, that their achievements have been officially and publicly recognized.

Molly Williams, an African-American woman whose legendary service battling a New York City blaze in 1818 is the basis of my children’s book, MOLLY BY GOLLY! THE LEGEND OF MOLLY WILLIAMS, AMERICA’S FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER, is one such lady.  But she is not the only wonderful heroine I discovered in my research on female fire fighters...

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