Author Archives: Penny Colman

Found Her Purpose in Life

On March 28, 1841, Dorothea Dix found her purpose in life. It was a cold, blustery day when she arrived at the East Cambridge jail in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach Sunday school to the prisoners. But, first, with her characteristic … Continue reading

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Descriptions

When we entered a medical supply store,  the woman standing behind a long counter was focused on putting staples in a stapler. Our approach did not solicit her attention. Aware that the store was closing in ten minutes, I asked, … Continue reading

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Why giving up hope is not an option

“We are carried along by the heroines and heroes who came before and opened the doors of possibility and imagination.”  The quote is by Rebecca Solnit in her essay “Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option” … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

Tomorrow – March 8th – is International Women’s Day, a day that was first celebrated on Feb. 28, 1910, as National Women’s Day, in the United States by the Socialist Party of America to honor the women garment workers’ strike, … Continue reading

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A Woman Unafraid

Today – March 4, 1933, with the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Frances Perkins became the first woman cabinet member.  President Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins Secretary of Labor during the greatest economic crisis in American history – the Great … Continue reading

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Women’s Monster Demonstration

March 3, 1913 – 104 years ago today – more than 8,000 suffragists marched in a “monster demonstration” in Washington, D.C., the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, a non-supporter of women’s right to vote.  There were floats, bands, … Continue reading

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When Women . . .

Happy March – National Multicultural Women’s History Month!  Today I serendipitously discovered the amazing mural “When Women Pursue Justice” in Brooklyn, New York.  I was there on an errand with my son Jonathan, who lives in Manhattan, and stopped to … Continue reading

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The eyes and ears of the people . . .

I’m a longtime member of the Authors Guild, the oldest and largest professional organization for writers in America.  Pearl S. Buck, whose biography I have on my to-write -list, was once the president, as was Madeleine L’Engle.  The current president … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday

Celebrating 4 birthdays today – 2/24 – identical twin sons David and Stephen and fraternal twin grandchildren Balan and Quinn!!!!! Another set of twins on the way, due in a month when we already have 3 family birthdays – fun!!!!

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Barbara Jordan

Tomorrow – Feb. 21 – is the birthday of Barbara Jordan, who was born in 1936 and died on Jan. 17, 1991.  An eminent orator, lawyer, politician, civil rights leader, Barbara Jordan left a powerful legacy of indomitable forthrightness.  Below … Continue reading

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