Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw
I am going preface this post with: I love men, men in history and the contributions they have made to our world story. Having said that, this post is about balancing the scale. History has made a practice of telling the story of our lives from the male perspective, and justifiably so, but they have failed to include the story of the females who did as much if not more.
You may ask why I’ve decided to go on this journey? It has brewed for some time. I write about the women who came before. I also write about the men. There needs to be that balance.
I give you a conversation I had with my friend Don Moon, who is brilliant as President Theodore Roosevelt. We were talking about Chautauqua performances and he mentioned that women just were not as ‘popular’ as speakers, and he is right. My point is, they will never be ‘popular’ if their stories are never heard. Who remembers Jane Adams, Mary Cassat, Lucy Stone, Catherine Brewer or Gertrude Stein? In the West, how about Polly Pry, Eliza Routt, Julie Penrose? How about Virginia McClurg?
My personal favorite is Helen (Hunt) Jackson. Not only was she a writer of extraordinary talent, she made an impact on the West and the World that many have forgotten. Her writings on the beauty and people of Colorado brought many to the areas she wrote about. Her work for the Indians and their right to be recognized as human beings in the law is almost forgotten.
So to answer the above questions: Jane Adams- Social Worker in the Chicago area. Mary Cassat- Artist. Lucy Stone- First woman from Massachuettes to earn a bachelor degree. Catherine Brewer- first women in the United States to earn a bachelor degree. Polly Pry- newspaper reporter for the Denver Post. Eliza Routt- wife of Colorado’s first state govenor, and the first to register to vote when Colorado passed sufferage in 1893. Julie Penrose- wife of Spencer Penrose whose work after her husband’s death solidified the El Pomar Foundation and Broadmoor’s future. Without Virginia McClurg we might not have the history and beauty of Mesa Verde.
In this month of March, National Women’s History month, let’s balance the scale. When we honor the men in our history, and we should, let’s look further and see the women who also contributed. Look at John Adams, then deeper into the life he had with Abigail. None of us live in a vacuüm. There is always more than one side to the story. Let’s look for the whole story, both the men and the women. The good and the bad sides of each piece of history. We not only learn from the successes, but we can learn from the mistakes also.
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So when I talk about the women doctors, know it is my way of balancing the scales. I have always wanted to know the ‘whole’ story. Until next time, happy writing and researching. I wish you the realization of your dreams.
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Doris Gardner-McCraw/Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History
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