Women’s History Week was first observed in Sonoma County, California on 1 March 1978. Two years later the National Women’s History Project was founded. Cow Hampshire blog was created in 2006 and has from the beginning been focused on local women’s history.
The official acknowledgement in 1980 of National Women’s History Month began under the administration of Jimmy Carter who was the first U.S. President to designate it as a national event. This year’s theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” In addition the week that contains March 8th is always National Women’s History WEEK, while March 8th is International Women’s Day. We are a global community and the stories of women’s contributions to history are important all over the globe.
I urge bloggers, story tellers, historians, and those with an interest in the role of women throughout history to do one thing. Just one. Write, attend, read, promote about one woman you admire. Put women back into history. By doing this you will show not only our daughters, but our sons that women contribute equally to life and to history.
To start off the month of March, I am posting several NEW stories about women in business and politics, and also recapping a few past stories specific to New Hampshire women renown for their business acumen. From the innovative bonnet-making Burnap women of Merrimack to the Shaker Elderesses of Canterbury, our state has many stories of struggle and innovation. Many are yet to be told.
NEW Stories about NH women to be posted in March 2017 include:
— New Hampshire WWI Military: Yeoman Anne (Frasier) Norton of Derry, Manchester and Portsmouth NH (1893-1918)
— Newport New Hampshire Teacher, Suffragist, Civic & Club Leader, Business Woman: Mary Matilda (Putnam) Sibley (1860-1927)
— Dover New Hampshire Suffragist and UNH Administrator: Carmita Aileen (Cameron) Murphy (1925-2003)
— New Hampshire’s First Woman Embalmer and Funeral Director: Minnie (Edwards) Atwood (1854-1904)
— Godmother of New Hampshire’s War for Independence: Elizabeth “Molly (Page) Stark (1737-1814)
— Librarian and Innovator of the ‘Bookmobile’: Farmington New Hampshire’s Mary Lemist Titcomb (1857-1932)
Later stories of 2016
Nashua New Hampshire’s Secretary, World War 2 WASP Aviator and Carmelite Nun: Anita L. Paul, aka Sister Teresa (1924-2010)
Recap of formerly published stories [specific to business or labor]
(Merrimack) New Hampshire’s Burnap “Leghorn Bonnets”
Winchester New Hampshire Businesswoman, Persis Foster (Eames) Albee (1836-1914) [The first Avon Lady]
Manchester New Hampshire Entrepreneur, Alma M. (Cavagnaro) Truesdale (1881-1973)
New Hampshire’s First Female Banker and Financier: Winchester’s Jane Grace Alexander (1848-1932)
New Hampshire’s Canterbury Shakers: Elderess Bertha Lindsay (1897-1990) and Gertrude Soule (1894-1988)
From 2006-2017: Articles Written (on this blog) About Women’s History Month
— March 2016: Celebrating National Women’s History Month
— National Women’s History Month: Weaving Stories in Granite (2015)
— Celebrating Women’s History in 2014
— Celebrating New Hampshire Women Through History (2011)
— New Hampshire Women in History (published 2006, updated 2015)
UNH (University of New Hampshire) Feminist Week is an annual week of events put together by the Women’s Studies Program in celebration of feminism and Women’s History Month
A Century of Progress: A Photographic Exhibit of Women’s History At University of NH — created in 2000 by the Class of 1950 at UNH for its 50th reunion. 15 panels showing women’s participation in higher education in New Hampshire. (PDF)