women’s history

When You Tell Us to be Quiet, We Get Louder: Thoughts from Marching in D.C.

Over the past week-end I had the extreme honor of marching in the Women’s March on Washington. A bus of 51 people drove from Saint Cloud, Minnesota to Washington D.C. and back all in 58 hours. It was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have notes jotted on the corners of my notebook, quotes that I ferociously tried to type during the day on my phone, and a tornado of feelings within me that I knew I needed to share with all of you.

That fact alone reminded me that I was not alone. The last few months have tested my faith in humanity but the connections I made on Saturday rekindled my passion. After 10 hours of marching and rallying I got back on the bus feeling stronger than ever. It reminded me why I fight and reminded me that we have so much to do.

Because we are not done. For so many reasons we are not done.

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Happy Birthday Esther Rome!

Happy Birthday Esther Rome!

Esther Rome was born in Norwich, Connecticut on September 8th, 1945. She spent her childhood in Plainfield, Connecticut, where her parents ran a five-and-dime store. Though her roots began as a small  town girl she grew to do big things for women across the world. After high school, Rome completed her undergraduate degree at Brandies University in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon completing that she continued to earn a Master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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Happy Birthday Vera Weisbord!

Happy Birthday Vera Weisbord!

Vera Weisbord, born August 19th, 1895 in Forestville, Connecticut. Living in poverty in New York Weisbord experienced hardships early on in life. Despite that she was Valedictorian at Hunger High School and went on to attend Hunter College where she win three first prizes in French competitions among colleges all across the USA and Canada.

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Happy Birthday Elizabeth Seaman!

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Seaman!

On May 5th, 1864, Elizabeth Seaman was born to Mary Jane and Michael Cochran. Her father, a wealthy judge and landowner, tragically died when Mary Jane was six years old. His death created financial hardship for the large family that had a total of 15 children from Michael’s previous marriage and marriage to Elizabeth’s mother.

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Happy Birthday May Edward Chinn!

Happy Birthday May Edward Chinn!

On April 15, 1896 May Edward Chinn was born to William Lafayette Chinn, an escaped slave, and Lulu Ann Evans, a Native American from the Chickahominy Indian Reservation.

Chinn was sent to boarding school at a young ago but soon would have to return after she became ill with osteomyelitis of the jaw, an infectious inflammatory bone disease. She would have to spend time with her mother who worked as a live-in domestic worker for the Tiffany family in New York City.

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Happy Birthday Women’s History Month!

Happy Birthday to the creation of Women’s History Month!

As you can tell this birthday of the month post is going to be slightly different. This month I want to honor the birth of not a person but an entire celebration, Women’s History Month. As I was deciding whom to write about for my monthly birthday post I realized it was the first day of Women’s History Month, a celebration I thought I was quite familiar with.

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Happy Birthday Grace Towns Hamilton!

 

Happy Birthday Grace Towns Hamilton!

Hamilton was born February 10, 1907 in Atlanta, Georgia. Born to two activist scholars, Harriet McNair and George Alexander Towns she grew up in an environment where fighting for change was encouraged and modeled. Her father was a professor of English and pedagogy at the Atlanta University. Hamilton grew up running around the University with her father, until she eventually got her undergraduate degree there in1927. She next moved on to Ohio State University for a master’s degree in psychology. During her time at Ohio State she worked as a Girl’s Work Secretary with the Young Women’s Christian Association of Columbus.

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