March is Woman’s History Month, and well deserved! There are so many amazing and inspirational women out there that I am not sure we can fit them all into one month! At least we get a 31 day month though!
So what I thought I would do is take a couple women who are my personal idols, women who have been inspirational to me, women who have moved me…
My mother : Deborah. Coming from a family of 9 children, and being the third from the top in the hierarchy, she certainly did not just blend in and roll with the punches that is for sure. A single mother of two children by the time she was 18 years old, she make it work, and never looked back. Left an abusive relationship, and years down the road was a successful restaurant/bar owner in a beautiful area of Connecticut. She then met my father, and started over. My oldest sibling was graduating high school when I was born.
She has been such an amazing support system, a great grandmother to her 6 grandsons, and overall just the best example of a woman role model.
Karen Kilson : I met Karen when I started to get heavily involved in the birth community in Connecticut. When I started ICAN of Connecticut, she contacted me before anyone else about how happy she was to have ICAN locally and how much of a need there was. From then on we had an amazing friendship, and bond. We grew closer over time, and became the best of friends. She was my idol in the birth community, from being on of the pioneers of a hospital based doula program in our state, all of her certifications from DONA to CAPPA, and the library of more books than either of us could ever count. She was a devoted grandmother, not only to her own grand children, but to my children also, and she was just the brightest, and most amazing soul you could ever encounter.
She was my doula for Benjamin’s Birth, and later on that year, in late 2009 she unexpectedly lost her life.
I talk to her daily still, although she is not physically here with me, I know she is my angel on my shoulder. She guides me through my days and I know she is incredibly proud of everything I do.
Ina May Gaskin : I dont think there is really much that can be said that most of my readers do not know already about Ina May. So I will keep this one on the shorter side. My parents have constantly told me that if I was alive in a different generation I probably would have been one of the Hippies on The Farm, and I am willing to bet I would be one of those catching babies! Her education, the way she speaks, and the way she reaches out into the birth community is something I wish to be some day!
Hilary Clinton : I always thought when I was a kid that I would head into politics. I seem to have made a huge detour, but I guess I still have the chance as I do get older. But Hilary has become such a role model for me for all her accomplishments. There really is no rhyme or reason, or special meaning for this, I just think that she sets such a positive example for young women everywhere.
Esther Booth Zorn : I know many of you are probably shaking your head and wondering who the hell she is. But Esther is actually the founder of ICAN. I am sure there are a few of my ICAN ladies out there that know that one though. Over 25 years ago, it started around her dining room table as CPM also known as the Cesarean Prevention Movement. Without ICAN I can certainly say I would not be the birth advocate that I am today.
Susan B Anthony : One of the original feminists. I credit her to being such an amazing and radial woman to help so many other women in being able to be treated equally in society. Even though much of her work focused on suffrage, where would any of us be today without the simple right to vote?
I hope you enjoyed a list of some of my idols..
Who are yours?