On this the last day of Women's History Month, I am drawn to the well circulated saying "Well behaved women seldom make history". Not long ago my husband bought my sister & I t-shirts with the saying emblazoned on the front.
Lillian Crook and her "baby" sister Beckie Crook Walby, Medora 2008
It is a little hard to tell because of the blazer I'm wearing, but above is a photo of me wearing the t-shirt at a luncheon at which Terry Tempest Williams was the featured speaker, also taken in 2008.
Looking at these photos and thinking about this phrase and Women's History Month also leads me to think about some of my most cherished ND women friends, Jan Swenson, Valerie Naylor, Christine Hogan, Laura Anhalt, Debi Rogers, Linda Weispfenning, Linda Suchy, Eve Suchy, and Sue Bicknell, to name just a handful. All strong, wise, smart, and witty women whom I greatly cherish in my life. I've hiked some wonderful trails with them, birded with them, worked with them, cooked with them, sat around some campfires with them, traveled with them, sat in meetings with them, laughed with them, and cried with them. For the record, we never have burned any bras together.
Here are more photos.
When I was in my twenties, I belonged to an informal group of women friends called "The Ladies Who Lunch" which included such inspirational women as Bea Peterson, Naomi Thorson, JoAn Tangen, Jean Waldera, Arlene Wilhelm, and Arlene Haunson. We networked with Bismarck women including now-Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Janis Cheney, and Dina Butcher. This was in the days when we were working on the Equal Rights Amendment. That didn't turn out like we had hoped. The arrival of my children and the demands of my career limited the time I had to spend on these activities in my thirties and forties, but it is great to connect with them again via social media and the North Dakota Women's Network. This winter I attended the Women's March on the ND state capital grounds with some pals. It was a very bitter North Dakota day, but we persevered in solidarity and good spirits.
I also am richly blessed with some strong aunts and sisters and sisters-in-law, but that is a story for another day. Adios 2017 Women's History Month. See ya next year.