I cannot believe I failed to honor International Women’s Day yesterday. Luckily, it’s Women’s History Month too. I just learned about the National Women’s History Project, and their theme this year is Writing Women Back into History. Love it!
Not only have women been written out of history – a favorite of mine is Jane Addams, a very note-worthy woman most never hear of at all – but we also tend to either de-value our own contributions to our world or to humbly soldier on without recognition.
Now, I hate recognition for its own sake, personally. I don’t like awards, and prefer a simple thank you, but the problem with that is that some of us crave recognition (and there’s nothing wrong with that at all!), and through the process of recognition, we inspire others. And THAT is what makes this world go ’round, when each of us sets out to lift others up and make our own corner of the universe a little better than it was before us.
Interesting that this post comes a few hours before the firehouse’s annual meeting, where a whole year’s worth of awards will be presented tonight.
I adore Laurel Thatcher Ulrich‘s quote, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” I’m pretty sure everyone who had a hand in raising me would grin and nod along. I wasn’t a BAD girl… I never skipped school, never even got sent to detention, but I was a challenge. Heck, even several of my officers in the fire service would find that quote fitting…
What women inspire you? Is there someone in your history traditions who doesn’t get the press she should?