Women and adversity: One woman’s road to finding her worth

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 We’ve heard the story of 17-year old Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan. Oprah Winfrey’s past is an open book as is J.K. Rowling’s of Harry Potter fame.

I wanted to learn more stories of conquering adversity so I simply typed in “How women can overcome adversity” in Google’s search box. Two dozen headlines appeared at:


In “Growing up in a Hippie commune: Making Peace” Abby Pingree talks of her epiphany after enduring physical and sexual abuse as a child.

She writes, “These early experiences of strong discipline, inappropriate attention and uncertainty left me feeling confused and troubled well into my adulthood. I unconsciously questioned my relevance and worth — feeling that there was something fundamentally and irreparably wrong with me.”

She endured and found true meaning in her life, and ends with:

“These early years spent in the Love Israel Family have become a blessing for me — a precious gift. As I embrace and release painful childhood memories what’s left is a deep love and gratitude. As I let go of all blame my heart opens and I am free. I experience sincere gratitude and love of all who were there and experienced with me. Perhaps this is the felt understanding of true forgiveness.”

I say, “Amen.”




Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

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