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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

As one writer to another I’m asking you to take some time and talk to the women in your family to get the other half of the story. Other half of the story? Yes. World events, disasters, family triumphs and celebrations told from their point of view. The vast majority of historical events is written with a male perspective. Hearing a woman’s point of view can be enlightening.  Where they were, what they thought when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Who in your family remembers rationing during WWII?  Ask how difficult it was during that time to go months without letters from a loved one. Find out what it was like to have a family member in Vietnam and, for the first time in history, see the war every evening on the news. What they remember about Jackie Kennedy. Their first car. Boyfriend. The time they met Elvis. The real reason Aunt Gertrude left town. How Uncle Johnny got all his money. Have you ever spoken to your mom about the day you were born?  Do you know the black sheep of your families?  How did the women in your family meet the love of their life? What they thought when they did. I asked this question at a ladies gathering. One gal shared how she met the love of her life and then told us how she met her husband. Do you want your children to know how you met their father?

My Aunt was going to reveal a huge—her word—family secret to me. We’d set up a time for me to go over and hear this secret. She died before she could tell me. I’m left with a bazillion questions and a great deal of regret. Don’t have this happen to you. Transfer your family stories to words on the page so they will never be lost.

There is a perfectly wonderful National Women’s History Museum web site to learn more about women of this country and inspire you. I particularly like the online exhibits page.  

I write about strong female characters. Women at the top of their fields. You can go to my web page to see the courageous women who have inspired me.  

11 responses to “Women’s History Month”

  1. What a great reminder to connect with our female mentors. We do longer have a Red Tent and tea times are a occasion that has gone by the way side.

    Thank you. This reminder is so timely as mom and I are doing lunch today.

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  2. Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already!

    Thank you for the reminder that we celebrate Women’s History this month, as well as the reminder to talk to the women in our lives. My mother was very private so whenever she’d share a little tidbit of her life, it stuck with me. She passed away 5 years ago, and I wish I’d pushed her for more details about her “pre-kids” life.

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  3. Thanks for the wisdom, Rita, and great reminder! Women of all ages have voices and stories. I’m looking forward to asking variations of these questions to both my 70-year-old mom and twenty-something daughters!

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    • Rita Henuber says:

      Be prepared for some shockers. LOL! Like the one gal telling about the love of her life. I’d asked a couple married more than 60 years when they knew they were in love. They’d never told each other. The whole group was in tears.

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  4. Great advice, Rita!

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  5. My mom is pretty forward-facing and doesn’t seem to enjoy indulging in nostalgia, but I’d love to know the answers to some of these questions, especially since my dad’s gone and so are all my grandparents. My aunt is chattier…maybe I can get her to open up!

    I keep a semi-regular paragraph-per-day journal with an intention of giving it to my son one day. It’s mostly about him, although I haven’t been writing much down lately…

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    • Rita Henuber says:

      Sounds like Auntie is the way to go.
      My mother told lots of stories.
      I was sad to discover the vast majority of them were fictionalized, emblished to make them sound more important. Sigh.

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  6. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    What a great reminder, Rita! The answers to those questions (and many more) are our personal histories.

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