The March 2016 Women’s History Month Theme (as designated by the National Women’s History Project) is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” Their goal is to make women’s historic achievements visible.
My goal is somewhat different. I believe that every woman’s life is interesting and important to history. Views about a person’s historical significance are often shaped by contemporary contexts and are dependent upon the values and interests of individuals or groups considering them.
Today, for example, it would not be thought of as unusual for a women to graduate from college, but even into the late 19th century it was an accomplishment, and not a commonality. In another example, a woman who served as an eclectic physician was, on more than one occasion, left out of a local history that managed to include all the men (because of a bias against both women and the style of medicine).
Even today it seems the trend to omit women from history. It occurs for a variety of reasons– a book publisher’s personal bias, the lack of historical research about women, the absence of requests for such content. Primary evidence may not have been collected and kept about women in various locations or eras, making it more difficult for the herstory researcher, but not impossible. In 2015 alone my blog included 26 stories about New Hampshire women, from the well-known to the little-known, and I hope to continue this year with at least the same number of new additions.
During March of 2016 I will highlight a variety of New Hampshire women, including some women who served our state in public service and government. But I mostly present women who demonstrated amazing talent in writing, poetry, or singing. Some of my stories highlight women who worked as teachers, and as health educators. Others were preachers, suffragists, club women, businesswomen, merchandisers, nurses and homemakers. Only one of my stories is personal–on St. Patrick’s Day I’ve written a story to honor my maternal grandmother.
I challenge other bloggers and writers to relate at least one woman’s story this month. It can be personal or about a complete stranger. We are all connected, whether it be by DNA or by locality. We are all cousins. As women, we have a vested interest. Unless we demonstrate the importance of women in history today, we are writing ourselves out of history in the future.
If you have written a story about a women during March of 2016, and let me know about it, I would love to list it here along with a link.
–Janice W. Brown–
Cow Hampshire Blog: March 2016 Stories about New Hampshire Women (11)
2016 Stories To Date (Jan-Feb)
– Grand-daughter of a New Hampshire Patriot: Hudson’s Dorcas (Wilson) Clement (1798-1865)
On FaceBook, I belong to the Genealogy Bloggers group. Here are some stories written during National Women’s History Month, by some very talented bloggers.
June Stearns Butka of Dame Gussies Genealogy Rants – Women’s History Month:Women of Strength in My Life
Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees – Mrs. Knight and the Whalehead Club
Darlene Steffens at HomeFolk Tales – #5 — Anna Tomina Brekke (1890-1972)
Jaqui Stevens at A Family Tapestry – Telling Our Stories (this was published in 2014 but have added it here by special request).
Genealogy Jen at Repurposed Genealogy – I am 39. I weigh 149 pounds.
Schalene Jennings Dagutis at Tangled Roots and Trees — Memories of Grandma Jennings
Nancy H. Vest at “Keeping Grandma Alive ….” – Nettie Pyles, nurse and business partner.
Karen Geier Hoskins, at Finding Merle – Why Gramma Cried.
40 Australian nonprofit genealogy bloggers offer their Women’s History month stories on Pinterest.
Heather Wilkinson-Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy wrote: Margaret UNKNOWN — Or, how exploring all the branches of my family tree told me more about my Great Grandmother
Ewan Van Minnebruggen in My Family In History, (about his 2nd great-grandmother) Joanna Verelst
Dame Gussie’s Genealogical Rants — Honoring Female Ancestors: Hannah Kimball
Bill West at West in New England — (his grandmother) AGGIE
True Lewis at notes to myself — 7 Daughters of Sam & Queen Miles
Amy Cohen at Brotmanblog, a Family Journey — Honoring Women: Rose Mansbach Schoenthal
Amy Johnson Crow — 5 Tips for Finding Women’s Obituaries.
Lynne Black of Starry Blackness: Time Traveling from Scotland blog — Four strong Cornishwomen, pt 1 | Four strong Cornishwomen: Portugal, Penzance & Scilly – pt 2 – Rosanna Peychott | -pt 3-
The Accidental Genealogist: Blogging Prompts… to Celebrate National Women’s History Month.
2015: Twenty-Six (26) Stories I wrote About New Hampshire Women
– The Face of Alice I. (Page) Roundy of New London and Concord, New Hampshire (1846-1886)
– New Hampshire’s Most Celebrated Artist: Exeter’s Elizabeth Jane (Gardner) Bouguereau (1837-1922)
– The Face of Addie G. (Whittemore) Tallant of Pembroke New Hampshire (1850-1875)
– Portsmouth New Hampshire’s First Woman Legislator, Child Welfare Advocate, and Civic Leader: Gertrude Iola (Moran) Caldwell 1881-1964
– A Child of The Civil War: Nettie Dimond of Manchester NH (1864-1916)
– The face of Claremont New Hampshire’s Mary Farrar Jones (1789-1879)
– The Nurse from Milton Mills, New Hampshire: Flora N. Runnels (1866-1960)
– A New Hampshire Mother of a President: Eliza (Ballou) Garfield 1801-1888
– New Hampshire’s First Woman Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs: Helen Kenney of Concord, M. Jennie (Wood) Kendall of Nashua, and Lillian (Christian) Bryant of Conway
– First NH Lady Century Rider of 1893, Bicyclist, Linotypist: Maud L. (Hood) Center 1874-1958
– Manchester, New Hampshire’s Distinguished Artist, Instructor, Director, Civic Leader: Maud Briggs Knowlton (1870-1956)
– Nashua New Hampshire’s First Women Physicians: Ella (Blaylock) Atherton and Katherine E. (Prichard) Hoyt
– The Face of Vera Althea Tryon aka Mrs. Harold M. Walker of Manchester NH (1892-1942)
– The Face of Oriseville Sarah (Fisher) Frost of Peterborough NH (1848-1929)
– “Recollections of Long Ago,” by Hannah Eayrs Barron–Dunstable (Nashua) and Merrimack New Hampshire
– Manchester New Hampshire’s Human Rights Champion, Volunteer, Civic and Community Leader: Vanessa Leah Washington-Johnson-Bloemen (1953-2011)
– New Hampshire’s first Female Senator: Bristol’s E. Maude (Fowler) Ferguson (1883-1932)
– New Hampshire’s First Female Banker and Financier: Jane Grace Alexander (1848-1932)
– Illustrator, Lecturer, Social Worker, New Hampshire Politician: Effie Brown (Earll) Slingerland Yantis (1869-1950)
– New Hampshire’s Former First Lady: Constance Rivington (Russell) Winant Eppley Earle (1899-1981)
– A New Hampshire Joiner’s Wife: Malinda (Maddox) Knox (1812-1890)
– New Hampshire’s Leading Suffragist, Human Rights Proponent and Philanthropist: Armenia S. (Aldrich) White (1817-1916)
– Philosopher, Educator and A Woman of Vision: Canterbury New Hampshire’s Dr. Mary Mills Patrick (1850-1940)
– First Female County Register of Probate in the U.S.: Marlow New Hampshire’s Ella F. Gee (1853-1937)
– “Christmas Picture,” by New Hampshire Poet: Lydia (Swasey) Obear
– New Durham New Hampshire’s Educator, Lawyer, Suffragist, Humanitarian and Author: Marilla Marks (Young) Ricker (1840-1920)
From 2006-2014: Articles Written (on this blog) About Women’s History Month
New Hampshire Women in History (published 2006, updated 2015) | Celebrating New Hampshire Women Through History (2011) (you are reading this)| Celebrating Women’s History in 2014 | National Women’s History Month: Weaving Stories in Granite (2015) | March 2016: Celebrating National Women’s History Month
-Other Women’s History Links of Interest-