Downright painful to think about the women who fought for freedom. Women were kept in the kitchen, away from the real world, but they were cunning, seeking education, politics, they formed organizations for freedom. Women worked for our future. Twentieth century, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem, Florence Nightingale. it’s a big list.
Civil War, bloodiest war of all. What do you think of when you think about that war? Think about the strong women left behind to work, to survive, to raise the kids.
In fact here’s a rocking statistic according to Google: Nearly as many men died in captivity during the Civil War as were killed in the whole of the Vietnam War. Hundreds of thousands died of disease. Roughly 2% of the population, an estimated 620,000 men and boys lost their lives in the line of duty.
So what happened? Slavery is alive and well–cruelty of the civilized world. Greed, passion for excess. Women are working hard to break the mold. Are we there yet?
My Mom worked hard. She was a power house. The wholesale business she started within the family retail store was more than full time. It kept her on the road to success. She was a woman of great endurance, smart in business, keeper of the books and well-respected. Mom broke the mold of domesticity. Hats off to Mom, a strong woman.
For me, I love writing strong women. Doing a bit of research and finding amazing women who changed the world is eye-opening. Are you a strong woman? Who do you know that has made a difference? Will you share?