Happy International Women’s Day!
I salute the beautiful, intelligent, competent, courageous women in my life now and forever.
I thank the women who came before me that paved the way.
I thank my grandmother for her bravery and letting me know I could do anything I wanted
And who stood as an example by going to Alaska during the Gold Rush at the age of 16 in 1906
Who was a member of Los Angeles’s Friday Morning Club, the first women’s club in the US
And got her college degree from what is now UCLA in 1910
I thank both my mother’s Grandmothers and their mothers who packed up their families and moved their families from Sweden, and Canada, Northern Ireland and Scotland
To new countries to start over and make new lives.
I thank my Great Grandmothers and Great-Great Grandmothers on my Dad’s side who had to move to Illinois because they were Abolitionists before the Civil War
I thank them for getting teaching credentials and teaching in one room school houses in the early 1800’s.
I thank Mary Katherine Goddard, the only woman signer of the Declaration of Independence because she had the courage to print it and proudly signed her name at the bottom as the printer.
I stand on those women’s shoulders and try to lift other women up.