Tag: women’s history

Women’s History Month – question time

I have a long history of celebrating Women’s History Month. I’m one of the team that got the month up and running in Australia twenty years ago. This year, summer wiped out all my plans to celebrate. Instead of hosting many wonderful posts from fascinating writers (which is my usual celebration), this month I have …

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The food (including a recipe and test for Cornish Meat Rolls) in The Wizardry of Jewish Women

A group of enthusiastic cooks and lovely people are making recipes mentioned in my new novel, The Wizardry of Jewish Women. I almost always have recipes lurking beneath my fiction. Even my next novel (which I’m editing this week) contains food which I can cook, and it takes place off-planet! My new novel is set …

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Wendy J. Dunn – Women’s History Month

Birth and Rebirth When I looked through my journal for something I could use for Gillian’s topic, I re- discovered this short essay I wrote in a response to an article I read twenty years ago. My essay explores the event that turned my life around: Years ago, Janet Hawley wrote a powerful essay called …

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Amanda Bridgeman – Women’s History Month

Some days I look at life and think it’s hard. I work a full time job where I manage several staff, am PA to the boss, I spend nights and weekends working on a second job – the books – and I live in an old house that always needs something fixing. And some days …

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Tor Roxburgh – Women’s History Month

I was 23 and not given to telling people the truth about my life. My son was a few weeks old and he felt like a stranger. Motherhood was desperate, lonely and empty. My husband was a heroin addict. I’d spent years lying to my family and my diminishing circle of friends about my situation. …

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Sue Burke – Women’s History Month

Who wears the pants? When I was in grade school in the 1960s in Wisconsin, girls could not wear slacks to school except on days when we had physical education, and then only for half-days. At lunch, we had to go home and change. We also sometimes wore slacks under our skirts on cold winter …

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Isolde Martyn – Women’s History Month

EDUCATE A WOMAN AND… My Mum died just before Christmas at the age of 96 and I am so proud of what she achieved. It can’t have been easy growing up in the Depression. She won a scholarship to the town’s grammar school. It separated her from the village kids she had grown up with …

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Mary Victoria – Women’s History Month

I put off writing this blog post for a long while. Well, I didn’t exactly put it off: it slipped between my fingers, scuttled away and wriggled under the bed like the tricky thing it is. I’ve been trying to coax it out with treats. I thought of telling an inspirational story about becoming a …

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Pamela Freeman – Women’s History Month

The woman who changed the hospitals My mother-in-law, Doris Hart, is one of my heroes. Born in West Bromich, and trained as a teacher because teachers were given scholarships, she married Ben Hart, a divorced man (shock! horror!) in 1951 and followed him to Singapore where he was a teacher at the RAF base. There …

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Donna Maree Hanson – Women’s History Month

When I look over my life it seems as if I have always been overcoming hurdles. Surviving childhood was a bit of achievement! I’m sure many of you feel the same. That may sound glib, but if I look at me now I am far from where I ever expected or even imagined myself to …

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