Women and Adversity: Vision for 2020

A new year, a new decade and the continuation of my Women and Adversity blog.

I’m entering the seventh year of writing this blog, and I have more plans for 2020. First off, my ebook, Women and Adversity, Honoring 25 Black Women will be published to begin Black History Month in February. Some of the women in the book were featured on my blog already; others have given me updates on their lives, and others are brand new.

A writer friend, Cynthia Cooke, who has more than twenty books published (www.cynthiacooke.com), asked why I hadn’t written an ebook yet and encouraged me to do it. She’s my inspiration and the person organizing all the details for publication. Since my blog centers on women, I thought an ebook featuring black women in February is appropriate. Another featuring women writers in March for Women’s History Month is a possibility, and I will consider other time periods to highlight women.

Upcoming posts for 2020 will include Hazel Prior, a harpist who lives in Exmoor, England; L. Diane Wolfe, author and owner of Dancing Lemur Press in Pikeville, North Carolina; Rajia Hassib, born and raised in Egypt and now an American living in West Virginia; and Nina George, a German writer who goes between Berlin and the Bretagne, an area of France.

In 2020 I’m also reaching out to you, my readers, and asking you to submit names of women you would like to read about, women who have succeeded in overcoming obstacles. I cover the gamut of lifestyles, careers, ethnic backgrounds and foreign countries. You are welcome to put your suggestions in the comment section below.

I look forward to featuring more fascinating women who inspire young girls and women and bring the world to life with what they do.


Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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