Thursday, March 19, 2009

March is Women’s History Month

Do some of you wonder why we need a Women’s History Month?

Let me give you an example of why we need Women’s History Month. Can you answer any of the following questions?
1. How many women explorers/adventurers can you name?
2. Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States?
3. Who wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1923?
4. What leading suffragist was arrested and convicted of attempting to vote in the 1872 election?
5. Who was the first Black woman elected to Congress?
6. What woman was turned down by 29 medical schools before being accepted as a student, graduated at the head of her class, and became the first licensed woman doctor in the U.S.?
7. Who drove a stagecoach across the roughest part of the West without anyone knowing until she died that she was a woman?
8. Who was the first Hispanic woman to serve as U.S. Treasurer?

I’m not giving you the answers to any of these questions. You’re mission is to go find the answers yourself.

If you would like to read a book about strong, courageous women; I recommend “How to be Like Women of Influence: Life Lessons From 20 of the Greatest", by Pat and Ruth Williams. The values in these women’s life stories are remarkably motivating. If you need a little kick in the pants to reach your dreams, I suggest reading the discussion questions in the back of the book. And answer those questions! How do you carry on in the face of adversity? How do you make a stand for what you believe? Are you waiting for someone else’s permission to get started in things important to you? What are your excuses?


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