There are so many women out there accomplishing extraordinary things. Do we know who they are and what they’re doing?
Back in the fall of 2009, Jen Myronuk introduced me to two inspiring women, co-authors of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women who Changed America, Jill S. Tietjen & Charlotte S. Wasiman. Jen had this great idea and vision to make a short video (below) about their book. Her Story is a vivid documentation of the breadth and diversity of American women’s achievements throughout U.S. history. This uniquely illustrated timeline highlights the diverse, and often unrecognized contributions of American women since the 1500’s. There are more than 900 women profiled in Her Story allowing girls and boys to find a role model with their interest. Women in the book include scientists, athletes, singers, really women with all types of backgrounds and philosophies.
Jill S. Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer and was recently inducted to the Colorado’s Women Hall of Fame. Charlotte S. Wasiman is a nationally known champion for women. Over the last twenty-five years, she has advocated for women as a professor, political activist, keynote speaker, and expert witness. I greatly enjoyed getting to know both Charlotte & Jill, along with learning about other inspirational women. Their story is interesting as well. Charlotte had created her own timeline for classes she was teaching. She posted the timeline around the classroom having women put stars to represent the women that appealed to them. As luck and fate had it, Jill & Charlotte were introduced to each other and Her Story was born. Together they researched women and turned the timeline idea into a book.
I definitely recommend reading Her Story and passing on these positive messages. I gave the book to my eleven year old sister. She deserves to have the most adventurous unlimited life pursuing her dream. Thank you to the women who came before us to help pave the road, to Charlotte & Jill for making this powerful book, and to Jen for inviting me onto this project.
You can also listen to Jill & Charlotte speak with a varied speaking topics. It’s pretty crazy that it took more than 130 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed for women to gain the right to vote. As former secretary of state and Colorado resident, Madeline Albright, says in the forward to Her Story, “No longer will the accomplishments of women throughout U.S. history be forgotten or remain invisible!”
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