I'm not going to give you a lecture on how women have been absent in the history books and how under-represented we are when it comes to being recognized for our achievements. But I do want to take the space on this page to highlight a few women I think you should know. I've taken a moment to link a few articles that have a few more women who should be on your radar.
Women you should know
- The woman who raised you
- The woman who raised her
- The woman next to you
- The woman who inspired you
- The woman down the street (or down the hall)
- The woman on your bus/train/commute
What I mean by “know”
Taking the time to get to know someone isn't just learning their name or a little part of their history. Getting to know someone is delving into their hopes, dreams, and fears. It means taking the time to try to understand them as a person and allowing them the space to share themselves with you. We have the power to inspire someone else to not only tell their story but to also share it with their families.
How to get to know her
I didn't say this was going to be easy. Most likely it will be a hard-won battle to get to know the women in your life. They have been taught all their lives to be quiet, private, and as small as possible. This has led to a generation (or two) of women who are fading or have faded into history. It's up to us and the people who care for these women on the day-to-day to get to know them and let them know that their story matters. It matters not just today or this week, but every day.
Ways to start the conversation
More women you should know
Looking for that thing to help you keep your storytellers engaged and talking? For the writer's in your care, this journal will keep them talking for a good long while. Encourage them (if they can) to reach out via phone or video to family members and share the memories they write about.
This journal was designed for storytellers in their sunset years who are ready to write about and share their memories. Simple to use and elegant enough to keep around to remind you of them long after they are gone.