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Women History Month

Women’s History Month and Writing Your Personal History


Women’s History Month is now in full swing. International Women’s History Day is March 8. Each year, we have the opportunity to set aside some time and acknowledge the women who have made a difference in history.

To get you thinking, I’ve put together a list of quotes from women — quotes that are inspirational as well as practical. As you think about your life and your writing, reflect on these:

“What makes you different or weird- that’s your strength.”- Meryl Streep

“I was once afraid of people saying ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say, ‘This is who I am.”- Oprah Winfrey

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.”- Diane Von Furstenberg

“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.”- Bella Abzug

“I am stronger than my fear.”- Malala Yousafzai

“Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.”- Viola Davis

“What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”- Jane Goodall

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”- Mother Teresa

“A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said ‘For a man, you’re kind of ignorant.”- Anne Hathaway

Women History Month

Memoir Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt #1: Read through the quotes above and find one that speaks to you. Write for 10 minutes about it. Why does it connect with you? Does it reflect on things that have happened in your past? Does it offer ideas for your future?

Writing Prompt #2: Time to celebrate all the women in your life who have made you the person you are today. Think about the women who have made a difference in your life. Write a list of these names. Writing the names gives you a little time to reflect on each one. Then read through the list and select one. Write for 10 minutes about that woman. Who is she? What is her relation to you? When was she an important person in your life? If still alive, when was the last time you were in contact? If not recently, consider reaching out and thanking her for her contribution to the woman you have become.

Women History Month
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Happy Birthday, Matilda

by Kendra BonnettFebruary 5, 2012

I can only say that 1942 was a great year…it gave us both Matilda Butler AND Rosie the Riveter. Join me in wishing her a very Happy Birthday…and many, many more.

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The Gift: Celebrating Sabrina’s Health with One More Day of Savings

by Kendra BonnettJuly 17, 2011
The Gift: Celebrating Sabrina’s Health with One More Day of Savings

Sabrina’s remarkable recovery means we all get a gift today. Matilda and Kendra have extended the savings on the online video version of The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop through Sunday.

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We Have Google Search Story Winners…and a New Memoir Writing Contest to Announce

by Kendra BonnettJune 18, 2010
We Have Google Search Story Winners…and a New Memoir Writing Contest to Announce

At Women’s Memoirs, we love our contests. And from the responses we get, we guess that you do too. In this post, we announce the winners of the Google Search Story contest (May) and the new pet-inspired ScrapMoir contest now open. Get to writing everyone.

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More Google Search Stories on Women’s Memoirs

by Kendra BonnettMay 9, 2010
More Google Search Stories on Women’s Memoirs

The Google-YouTube Search Story Video Memoirs continue to come in. Don’t miss your chance to tell your story and possibly win one of our official Rosie the Riveter Legacy bandanas.

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Memoir Writing Book: Fearless Confessions by Sue William Silverman

by Kendra BonnettMay 5, 2010
Memoir Writing Book: Fearless Confessions by Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman is a powerful memoirist. Her books are honest, raw, and always well written. In “Fearless Confessions” she shares her insight and experience writing memoir. A must-read for every aspiring memoirist.

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Memoir Guest Blog and Writing Prompt: Judy Mandel Discusses the Challenges When the Story Is Not Forthcoming

by Kendra BonnettFebruary 16, 2010
Memoir Guest Blog and Writing Prompt: Judy Mandel Discusses the Challenges When the Story Is Not Forthcoming

Judy Mandel, author of “Replacement Child,” shares a family tragedy that took place almost two years before she was born. Judy’s storytelling is so powerful, you feel as though you were a witness on that fateful day in 1952. But that’s only half of this story: Judy weaves her story as the replacement child for sister Donna lost in the crash–her own life unfolding in between chapters that bring us ever closer to the tragic accident. This memoir is dramatically and rtfully told.

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