My Contribution to Women’s History Month

Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month! Here is a blog post I wrote on The Family Kalamazoo for this first day of Women’s History Month.

The Family Kalamazoo

Today kicks off Women’s History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of March. Nobody can work on their family history and genealogy and not be confronted with the imbalance between the history of men and the history of women. The mere fact that women are so difficult to find because of the historic practice of taking on their husband’s surnames is enough, but there are other factors, as well. For instance, I only have to examine the history of my own ancestors to see that European and American women, until fairly recently, worked at outside jobs but their occupations rarely resulted in careers.  Sometimes they worked outside the home for decades, but often, once women married, they quit their jobs and began to have children.

When I wrote the poems and short stories in my chapbook Kin Types I consciously tried to bring the lives of these “invisible” women…

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13 responses to “My Contribution to Women’s History Month

  1. Wonderful post over there. I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Excellent contribution. Great choice of soundtrack by your daughter, Luanne

  3. I am thrilled when I pick up my own copy of “Kin Types” and think about the strong women in my family’s tree! There is just something to be said about how women have created, driven and built so much of the world through their innate nurturing and multiple tasking lives!! 👩‍⚕️👩‍⚖️👩‍🔧👩‍🔬👩‍🚀👩‍🚒

    • Wow, Robin, what a lovely way to put it: “women have created, driven and built so much of the world through their innate nurturing and multiple tasking lives!!” HEAR HEAR!!! So true! Thank you for saying it so beautifully! xoxo

      • So glad this comment spoke to you fully, Luanne! Thank you since this post really meant a lot to me. My Grandma and her mother came here in trying times, both full of hope. I think having immigrants for grandparents helped me listen to their stories more carefully. (I think so, anyway!) xoxo
        Off to pick up three grandies now! 💞

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