Writing Women Back Into History

by Gloria Feldt on October 13th, 2010
in Know Your History, Power Tools and tagged , , , , ,

On Monday I told you the story of Sybil Luddington, a Revolutionary War hero who has been all but erased from history.  Since men have traditionally written the major history books, they got to tell their version of events. Not surprisingly they made themselves the protagonists and women have been the supporting characters if they are mentioned at all. Now it’s up to us to tell our own story. Part of changing our relationship with power means that it’s time for women to reclaim our history, and write ourselves into the history books.

Shelby Knox took some time to speak with me at my book launch last week about a woman who has inspired her: suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. Take a look at what Shelby has to say about Gage’s contributions to women’s history, as well as to a popular tale that might surprise you.

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What women from history have inspired you? Whose shoulders are you standing on?  Share your stories in the comments section.

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

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