Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
August is my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month (yes, I take a whole month), it is the birthday month of some of the most amazing women I have the honor of calling friend or family. When working a genealogical problem, as often as not one of the challenges is tracing the female line. So although this post is not a genealogical post, I’m including it because women’s history has a large role in understanding the women in our lines. Feel free to add events via the comment section.
I’ve relied on the National Women’s History Project‘s great list of women’s-history events for August. The list includes one of my hero’s, Commodore Grace M. Hopper. The Seattle Girls School, and many other organizations, too, honors two women each year with a Grace Hopper award for Leadership and for Outstanding Achievement.
Also this month in history is the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Women got the vote. A sincerely thank you for all the women in my family andall the women in the country who worked for more than 100 years to gain voting rights for women.
I know at least one of my family marched in the streets and carried signs, working to get the ERA ratified. Though not successful, knowing my family played a role is helpful to me as I bring the stories to the dates and places.
2. List is from The National Women’s History Project Aug 1, 2013 e-newsletter
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