National Women's Health Week runs from May 12th - May 18th, but it doesn't stop there. As the days, and weeks, and months of our busy lives go by, we face choices about health all the time.
Will we ride the bike, or drive the car? Will we run back in and grab those sunglasses before heading out for the day? How about the sunscreen? Will it be a night out with friends, or a stop by the gym on the way home? Will we squeeze in one more episode of NCIS reruns, or will we use that hour toward a good night's sleep?
Browsing the new biography section at the Central Library led me to discover a collection of personal histories of women living and working in Southern mill towns, a surprising link to my own family history.
My great grandmother Zella was a child employee for the Eureka Cotton Mill in Tennessee. She was nearly 102 years old by the time I discovered this fact. Zella wasn't tall enough to reach her work so she was hoisted on boxes and tied in place, making sure she wouldn't fall into the dangerous equipment. Job safety being what it was, some of her friends weren't as fortunate. She wouldn't say much about this experience other than she and her family had been grateful for the work.
January 11 marks the 76th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's historic solo Pacific flight. The documentary Where's Amelia Earhart? explores her disappearance years later, as does an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Can you name the 3 actresses who have recently portrayed Ms. Earhart on the silver screen?
What's the big deal about the 19th amendment? In addition to giving women the right to vote, it was an integral moment in the civil rights and equality movements. Victory took decades and few of the initial supporters lived to see their dream realized. Ratified 90 years ago today, we celebrate our freedoms and those who inspired them.
Our 19th amendment guarantees, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee provided the requisite approval of three-fourths of the states, being the 36th state to ratify the amendment.