Women and Adversity

Women and Adversity: Living through a natural disaster

April 8, 2021

I hear the swishing of the clear plastic tarp that covers the inside space where a kitchen window should be. A plywood board covers the outside space. The titanic destruction is evident look ...

Women and Adversity: Ida B. Wells, Civil Rights Activist, Journalist

March 25, 2021

Ida B. Wells died of kidney disease 90 years ago today on March 25, 1931 in Chicago. As I wrote in my ebook Women and Adversity: Honoring 23 Black Women, I grew up hearing the name Ida B. Wells. ...

Women and Adversity: Tondalao Hall, Unfairly Imprisoned in Oklahoma

March 11, 2021

I featured Tondalao Hall in my2020 ebook, Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women, which included my interview with her. Megan Lambert with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma ...

Women and Adversity: Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist

February 25, 2021

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks of Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested because it was the law that Black passengers cede their seats to white ...

Women and Adversity: Lucille Clifton First Black Poet Laureate of Maryland

February 11, 2021

Lucille Clifton aimed to have Americans realize, through her poetry and other writings, that Blacks made noteworthy contributions in the United States. She is known for the impact her poems ma ...

Women and Adversity: Louisine Havemeyer, Suffragist, Art Collector

January 28, 2021

Socialite and art collector Louisine Havemeyer understood she’d probably be arrested and jailed if she participated in the suffrage demonstration in front of the White House on February 9, 1 ...

Women and Adversity Blog: 2021

January 14, 2021

Along with all the people in countries around the world, U.S. residents are happy to leave 2020 behind and look forward to a prosperous, healthy 2021. What will my blog contain in 2021? Much of ...

Women and Adversity: Clara Barton Founder of the American Red Cross Born on Christmas Day 1821

December 24, 2020

Clarissa “Clara” Barton was born on December 25, 1821, 199 years ago in Oxford, Massachusetts, the youngest of six children. She was a shy girl, and on the recommendation of phrenologist ...

Women and Adversity: Wilhelmina Dowsett Founder, Woman’s Equal Suffrage Association of Hawaiʻi

December 10, 2020

The daughter of a native Hawaiʻian mother of royal descent and a German immigrant father who was a coffee planter, Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett campaigned for the rights of th ...

Women and Adversity: Sojourner Truth Abolitionist, Suffragist

November 26, 2020

Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 26, 1883, 137 years ago today, Thanksgiving Day 2020. She is one of the bravest women in United States history. In 1826 she cuddle ...


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