“My girls and women, you should live that the world may be better by your having lived in it.”
~Clara A. Howard
American educator and missionary
Hello all and welcome to our weekly salon. Tomorrow we kick off our month long celebration of Women's History Month. And community, I love WHM. I'm about celebrating, supporting and empowering women 365 days. We are doubling up our Women Writers of Color and COLA features. There will be at least two giveaways and more quizzes. Each Sunday for the month of March we will address some aspect of women's history.We're planning a few special articles as well.
This week I want to talk about the women who impacted your life. Who influenced your views and aspirations? Tell us about historic and public figures you wanted to emulate? Were there aunts or teachers who supported your dreams and talents? Don't be shy, tell us about your mom.
And let's not forget books. Tell us about a favorite biography, autobiography or memoir. Please stick with these. We'll cover other titles later in the month.
For me, it was Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm. Many of you know the stories. When I graduated from middle school, a favorite teacher, Mrs. Stankowitz gave me a copy of Barbara Jordan's biography. Ms. Jordan impressed me. She worked hard, excelled, stood her ground and was a no nonsense woman. How could anyone not be impressed and Shirley Chisholm? She was before her time. She believed in herself and stepped up when others were busy talking about when the right time was. She was the first black person to run for president. Women don't wait for the right time. We act when the time calls for action. I quote her often so I don't think I need to say more.
I'd rather hear about you and those who impacted your life.