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Rosalie the Riveter

Shortly after midnight, Frank Cutitta sent me a message that his Aunt Rosalie the Riveter had died. I met Rosalie in 2009 when she was honored at New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club of GFWC’s 101st Public Affairs Day, … Continue reading

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Bookstore

We made a quick trip to Williamstown, MA to reconnect with Linda’s college friend with whom she had discovered opera and theater in New York City, oh, so many years ago, and to once again be dazzled by the amazing … Continue reading

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Selma, Alabama: Shey Webb

Sheyann Webb was named for her great-great-grandmother, who had been a slave. To pronounce her name right, Shey said, “You drop the ‘e’ so it sounds like shy.”  Fifty years ago today, March 7, 1965, a day that would become … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

Happy National Women’s History Month!! Over thirty-five years ago, five friends in Santa Rosa, California, noticed that something was very wrong.  They realized that few women were featured in schoolbooks.  In fact, no more than 3% of the content was … Continue reading

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Valentine Day

Another “Mother of . . .”: This vintage Valentine, a long-ago gift from a friend/antique dealer, hangs in an ornate frame on the wall in my office. Little did I know at the time I received it that Valentine Day … Continue reading

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Sojourner Truth

Once upon a time, in New York, not far from where I live in New Jersey, a baby girl known as Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery to a Dutch-speaking master.  She was auctioned off at the age of nine … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving

4th topic with the questions I asked in Thanksgiving: The  True Story about how to connect Thanksgiving Day to the world outside my dining room table: “Questions about the wider community: How do other people spend Thanksgiving? What do they … Continue reading

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Women’s Equality Day

August 26th!! It’s Women’s Equality Day established by Congress to celebrate the day in 1920 when the the Nineteenth Amendment was certified. The long, hard struggle against enormous resistance was over; women had won the right to vote!! The photo … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: The True Story

 I had a stimulating time yesterday with the engaged & engaging readers in the SESCIL Book Group who had read my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story.” Here is what Thanksgiving meant to Sarah Josepha Hale, the 19th century godmother of … Continue reading

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Vietnam Women’s Memorial

Tomorrow–Nov. 11th is Veterans Day and the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC. Women veterans came from all over, including Australia. Cheering people lined the parade route. It was too crowded for me … Continue reading

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