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Why have a month honoring women?

“Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week. …In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”

https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/

Even before the public law was established President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. I think he explains the reasoning behind the push for this month of honoring women well.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women went unsung and their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

President Jimmy Carter

While you think of a woman or two or three you want to honor, let me honor those who contributed to last week’s WQW #8.

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#WQW #9 – Women in History

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

– Dr. Seuss

Allow me to brainstorm for a few minutes while you think about who you might want to honor. What women are we meant to celebrate? The law doesn’t specify famous women only. It also doesn’t explain when a woman becomes historic. I’ve included a quote and a couple of definitions to help us think about the topic.

It is an “opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people.”

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Definition: women – an adult female human being

Definition: history is the study of past events usually in human history. Twenty years is an arbitrary date set sometimes set by historians for when something becomes historic. Only after time has passed can we see what is important and what is not. Trends become apparent only after time.

What trends make a difference in our lives? Here are some areas I thought about.

A Few Women in History “No copyright infringement is intended.”

Brainstorm Areas of Contribution

  • Voting Activists
  • Workplace safety
  • Inventors
  • Authors
  • Achievements in Feats of Bravery
  • Mothers and Grandmothers
  • Animal Activists
  • Business women
  • Educators
  • Politicians (not too popular of a subject in recent times)
  • Social workers
  • Philanthropists
  • Religious Activists
  • Health Field Innovators

Historical Women

This topic is a dandy.
And much healthier than candy.
With our lives these women helped
We give respect for what we felt.

Eleanor Roosevelt won many hearts.
Florence Nightengale healed body parts.
Wikipedia says female scholars in all religions abound.
Madam C.J. Walker first female philanthropist around.

Maria Montessori, Mary Jane, McLeod Bethune, and Helen Keller taught.
Paving the way to vote Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott.
Sojourner Truth, Irene Sendler, J.K. Rowling moms to many.
Madame Curie, Jeanne Villepreux-Power, Josephine Cochrane inventors extraordinary.

Many more women famous on the internet
You've never heard of them all, I'll bet.
It takes a while
And may make you smile
When you see what they have done.
To make YOUR life more fun.

©2022 Marsha Ingrao

Now it’s your turn.

Pick one, pick many, learn a little, learn a lot. Honor your mother or another ancestor. Honor a teacher. Honor someone famous like Josephine Cochrane who invented the dishwasher. But whatever you do, take a few minutes this week to celebrate what a woman has done for you.

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  1. Very interesting topic Marsha! Of course it was a woman who invented the diswasher! I remember when we had to roll the machine acrosss the kitchen floor and hook it to the faucet LOL. That would be a fun topic too, inventions that made our lives easier!

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    • Another woman invented the windshield wiper. Interestingly, Cadillac wouldn’t buy it from her, but as soon as her patent expired they were the first manufacturers to add them to their cars. I had a fun time browsing the internet for important women in each of the areas I thought of. Most of the women were educators or inventors. There were surprising number of female inventors. I loved the first philanthropist. She invented something for hair care for black women and made a fortune. Go with what you know, right? I loved the topic. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Tina. I love your topic for next week. Easy for us all.

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  2. great topic today Marsha….as always, I took to my own interpretation. I have to say, you have started something. When I first got hooked on this challenge, I thought to just use a photo quote but I find myself opening up more each week and writing something from the heart. EEK! what have you awoken??

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    • That is awesome, Cath. The blogging community offers some true friendships once you start opening up to each other. I’ve known some bloggers for the entire ten years I’ve been blogging, and we’ve traveled together between Australia and here. I’m meeting two AZ bloggers next week for the first time and I am really excited about it. I’m also planning a meetup up in Portland, OR for some time in the fall. Blogging changes your life and people who just are names at first become so real that your friends at home can hardly believe it. I’m so glad you love it, too, Cath. 🙂

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    • That sounds amazing. Are you going to write about it? If so, be sure to link your post, too. Are they talking about women who first arrived there? That was a feat in itself.

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  3. wonderful job getting all those incredible women into your poem!

    for me, it’s hard to top Eleanor Roosevelt, but I’ll throw another name into the mix – Babe Didrikson. She was a phenomenal athlete, having won two gold medals in the Olympics and then became a professional golfer.

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    • OMG, I didn’t even mention athletics. I haven’t heard of Babe but I looked her up on Wikipedia. She had an amazing life. I saw Billy Jean King on tv the other day. Have you seen Ride Like a Girl? or Soul Surfer? Both female athletes that did amazing things. Another athlete I remember reading a children’s book about was Wilma Rudolph. She had polio and overcame it to become the fastest runner in the world. What would happen if a person without such huge handicaps worked as hard as these athletes did. And why don’t they? Thanks for the comment, Jim. 🙂

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  4. I love the idea of honoring women in history, either worldwide, in our local communities, or of course, our own mothers. My SS theme coming up is “meaningful memories” and your prompt is perfect timing as I honor my mom and MIL memories. And you’ve given me a great idea for March’s Fitness Friday to write about a woman who pushed forward the fitness movement, and it is not who you think! What a wonderful poem to include so many trailblazers, Marsha! Thank you as always for your weekly inspiration!

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          • You won’t! You can’t! LOL People don’t disappoint. It’s just such a joy when anyone responds and shares what they think with others. Whatever I can do to encourage that, I love. I really enjoyed your responses to the Blogging tips challenge. When I get a chance, I’m going to look into that a little deeper. I spent about a half-hour or more on your blog reading last night. I didn’t write comments on everything because I was in the middle of writing WQW, but I got side-tracked. LOL

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          • I got the notification of your likes and comments. Thanks. You’re doing a great job here with this prompt. It’s different and makes me think and research.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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