You Wouldn’t Be Here Without Them

As March, Women’s History Month, comes to a close in a few more days. Let’s take a moment to honor women of history one more time. Only this time we’re not talking about women who made notable history. We’re talking about the women who had the strength to get through the next day after the next. You wouldn’t be here without them.

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Who Were They?

It doesn’t matter that we know few if any of these names. They were mothers and grandmothers and aunts and cousins and sisters and daughters. Most of these women passed through the world with little fanfare.

Chinese woman: USMC Archives from Quantico, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

What They Did

They may have invented new methods for their daily work. Perhaps they created art or stories or music. They did what they had to do, what needed to be done, and if they were lucky, a little of what they wanted to do. And while a son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, may remember these things for a generation or two, they are mostly forgotten.

These are the women who changed the world. They are the women who nurtured and supported the folk who went on to do something notable. Something historic. But these women, the common women, they put their heads down and did the day-to-day work. They made a difference in the lives of their families and friends. And you wouldn’t be here without them.

Zanzibar woman Coutinho Bros. Studio [Public domain]

Why Did They?

What drove these women? Maybe it was intuition. Maybe they connected with Mother Earth. Maybe they believed in a Higher Being. We can’t know that. But we know they had compassion and love. We know they had the determination that they would get through this day and the next. If they only put one foot in front of the other each day, they made a difference in someone’s life.

Native American Woman, Lee Pickett [Public domain]

So take a moment before the month’s end and remember the forgotten women. Centuries of mothers and grandmothers and aunts and cousins and sisters and daughters walked through history before us. You wouldn’t be here without them.

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